Sometimes living like royalty even has its constrictions. Not exactly the happy ever after often told in storybooks.
Recently it was announced that Prince Harry, 35, and his wife, former actress Meghan Markle, 38, will relinquish their title as Duke and Duchess of Sussex, respectively, in the spring of 2020.
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This comes after news earlier this month that broke that recent newlyweds sought independence from the Royal family. Reports have argued that there has been a great deal of pressure placed on the couple wanting to do something that is so unprecedented in royal history.
Prince Harry has been especially vocal about his disdain and trauma he experiences being in the public eye since the tragic death of his own mother, the late Diana, Prince of Wales, in the center of a media storm in August 1997.
According to an 2019 Reuters article, the 35 year old was quoted by saying,
“‘Everything that she went through and what happened to her is incredibly raw every single day and that is not me being paranoid. That is just me not wanting a repeat of the past,’ Harry told ITV in an interview that was filmed during a tour of Africa earlier this month and aired on Sunday. Part of this job ... means putting on a brave face and turning a cheek to a lot of this stuff,” he said. “All we need to do is focus on being real, and focus on being the people that we are and standing up for what we believe in. I will not be bullied into playing a game that killed my mum.’”
The 2019 documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey was an intimate look at the couple as they traveled to South Africa to participate in the many humanitarian efforts, they have been involved in. Both have been outspoken in their disdain for the media scrutiny they have suffered. Markle herself spoke about knowing this journey “would certainly not be easy…but I thought it would be fair.”
Often times, liberal and progressive ways of life aren’t readily embraced and what has happened to one of British most interesting couples is no exception. Since embarking on this endeavor, there has been speculated stories ranging over what their security detail will be like to the familial relationship with Queen Elizabeth II.
Amidst the many debates that have been sparked about their decision and the outcomes it will bring, there is still an element of hope in what the future will bring for the two of them and their son Archie.