Meghan Markle is Not to Blame for Prince Harry’s Infamous ‘Megxit’
Ever since American Meghan Markle crashed onto the scene of the royal family in London, people have been pointing the
Ever since American Meghan Markle crashed onto the scene of the royal family in London, people have been pointing the finger at her for stirring the pot.
She and Prince Harry fell in love while he was on holiday in the US, and they went from “he/she’s cute” to “wow, I’m in love,” seemingly overnight. At least, that’s what it looked like from the outside.
And right away, the British tabloids started going crazy.
The handsome and eligible young bachelor prince, shacking up with an American? An American who’s part-Black, nonetheless? It was scandalous, by British tabloid standards.
But there’s so much more to the story than the headlines would have people believe.
There’s a little bit of anti-American sentiment and a lot of racism at the heart of why people are so ready to point the finger of blame at Meghan over the couple’s exit from royal life in 2020.
But she’s simply not the only one to blame.
The New York Post reports, “In a resurfaced 2017 interview with author Angela Levin, the Duke of Sussex, 38, claimed he ‘wanted out’ of royal life.
The ‘Harry: A Biography of a Prince’ writer had spoken to him about his desire for an ‘ordinary life’ and she penned his thoughts for her Daily Mail column at the time.
‘I spent many years kicking my heels and I didn’t want to grow up,’ Harry told the journalist.
‘I felt I wanted out but then decided to stay in and work out a role for myself,’ he added.
The now-father of two went on to say how he is ‘determined to have a relatively normal life’ and hoped that he would be lucky enough to have children in the future.
He then recounted what it was like to walk with his brother Prince William behind their mother Princess Diana’s coffin at her 1997 funeral when they were barely teens.
‘I don’t think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances. It certainly wouldn’t happen today,’ he recalled.”
Since leaving the royal life in 2020, the couple has opened up about Harry’s long-standing desire to escape the royal circus. So why do people keep insisting that it’s the fault of “interloper” Markle?
Two reasons: one, let’s circle back again to “racism” and sit with that one for awhile.
And the second reason: timing.
Markle found Harry at a time in his life where he was susceptible to the idea of starting a family and raising children away from the prying eyes of the British tabloids and far from the pressure of royal duties.
So can Markle be blamed for the Prince living out what he apparently long hoped for? Maybe in the sense that she encouraged him to follow his heart and married him at the right (or wrong, depending on who you ask) time.
But ultimately, no one is going to force Prince Harry to do anything he doesn’t want to do. And endlessly blaming Markle is tiring. Like most things in an equitable marriage, it was probably a decision they both came to. And one they’re seemingly happy to live with, despite it all.