Now that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have agreed to renounce their titles in order to break ties with the royal family, more details are starting to emerge about exactly why they may have made that decision.
Leslie Carroll, a royal author who has written several books on the royal family, told Fox News that the couple was bullied out of the royal family. Caroll also made it clear that she believes Harry and Meghan are making the right decision for their family.
“Meghan and Harry were bullied out of the royal family,” Carroll said. “Harry did the wise and adult thing by protecting his wife and newborn from a highly toxic environment. The British press doesn’t know how to handle his being a responsible adult instead of the wild child of the past whose screw-ups made headlines for them.”
The couple’s relationship with the press may have hit close to home for Harry, who saw his mother go through a very similar ordeal.
“The Firm [royal family] just lost two of their globally most popular and brightest stars,” Carroll continued. “The [royal family] may regret their actions. I suspect that the realization will dawn soon enough that they miss Harry and Meghan… and [their] ‘Diana factor.’ They need Harry and Meghan more than the Sussexes need them.”
Carroll also speculated that Prince Philip may have had something to do with the decision to force Harry and Meghan to renounce their royal titles as part of the arrangement.
“I read that the now-bedridden and ailing Prince Philip was likely instrumental in the decision to request that his grandson and Meghan not use their royal titles because he’s so pissed off at them,” Carroll said in her interview with Fox. “While I can understand how it might be seen as tacky if they are seen to commoditize their titles by making money off of them, Harry was born a prince, so he shouldn’t be prevented from using his title.”
For his part, Harry has also made it clear that the decision was not easy for him. “The UK is my home and a place that I love. That will never change,” he said in a speech for the Sentebale charity in London. “I have grown up feeling supported by so many of you, and I watched as you welcomed Meghan with open arms, as you saw the love and happiness that I had hoped for all my life. Finally, the second son of Diana got hitched, hooray!”