Harry and Meghan left ‘crushed’ by ‘lack of support’ from Royal Family
A top royal expert has said Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were left “crushed” by the lack of support from any Royal Family members “during the darkest times”.
The couple carried out their last engagement as senior royals at the Commonwealth Day service on Monday, ahead of them officially stepping down on March 31
Meghan flew back to Canada without Harry after reportedly breaking down in tears as she paid her final farewells to her and Harry’s staff at Buckingham Palace.
Harry will soon rejoin Meghan and their 10-month-old son Archie at their mansion home in Canada to start their new, financially independent life.
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A royal expert within Harry and Meghan’s inner circle has now revealed that the couple have been left crushed by a lack of support in recent weeks.
Bazaar.com’s royal editor, Omid Scobie, said the Sussexes felt their exit from royal life “wasn’t necessary” and suggested they felt forced into quitting after being left to “fend for themselves” during Meghan’s pregnancy.
Omid said: “To say they were crushed is an understatement. It's a decision that the couple still feel wasn't necessary, but also wasn't a surprise, given the lack of support they received.
“The reality was (this was a) couple who were left with no other choice but to create their own change after being left to fend for themselves against impossible circumstances — even during her pregnancy.
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“They knew something had to change, but they also didn't want to stop supporting the queen. One can't help but wonder if things might have been different if a family member or two had stood up for them during the darkest times.”
He added: “For a couple who only ever wanted to focus on their work and bring good to the world, it seems like an unnecessarily cruel ending to their royal lives.
“Forced to give up roles they’re incredibly proud of after sacrificing so much to get there.”
Scobie had accompanied Harry and Meghan on their final royal engagements in the UK last week, including their appearance at the Mountbatten Festival of Music.
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“Harry’s lifelong commitment is why Saturday’s Mountbatten Festival of Music was a particularly difficult moment, wearing his Captain General of the Royal Marines uniform for the last time,” Scobie wrote.
“Giving up his royal duties has resulted in his military honours coming to an end — a particularly tough pill to swallow and something that has been just as difficult for his wife to witness.
“It is, a source close to the couple tells me, a wound that will take time to heal for Harry.”
After they officially quit on March 31, Harry and Meghan will give up their HRH titles and no longer receive pubic funding as they fend for themselves in North America.
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