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Prince Harry Protecting Archie By Stepping Down

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By danyellmarshall

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shocked the world when they announced they would be stepping down as senior working members of the royal family. Many couldn't imagine giving up their life of travel and wealth. Some saw the move as disrespectful to the queen and the rest of the royal family. Some questioned why the couple would walk away fro life as royals. Many suspect it's due in large part to the negativity of life in the spotlight of the British press.

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Prince Harry's Difficult Childhood

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Prince Harry may have grown up as royalty but that doesn't mean he had a charmed childhood. Prince Harry's life was beset with tragedy from a young age. He lived through the media circus as his mother was relentlessly harassed. Harry had to deal with rumors comments and even some bullying as his parents went through a messy and public divorce following his father's affair. He knows all too well how damaging that kind of press attention can be for a young boy.

Princess DIana Harassed

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Princess Diana was one of the first royals to suffer the extreme scrutiny of the British tabloids. She came to prominence when tabloid culture really began to swell. She was also a popular and dynamic personality who drew in readers with her likability. The press hounded Diana. It was the relentless pursuit of a paparazzo photographer that led to Diana's premature death in a tragic auto accident in Paris. This landmark event would change young Harry and the world forever.

Meghan Markle Targeted

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Much like Princess Diana Meghan Markle is young, beautiful, humanitarian and polarizing. She too found herself immediately targeted by the British tabloids as soon as she became publically involved with Prince Harry. Meghan was unfairly scrutinized for her every move. She was often called out for behaviors that other royals such as Kate Middleton were praised for. Harry was distressed by this mistreatment of his wife and made several public pleas for peace and privacy hoping to end the media frenzy.

Making Mother Proud

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Like any mother, Princess Diana was full of hopes and dreams for her sons. She wished to shield them from the negativity of the British media and give them as close to a normal upbringing as possible. Unfortunately, this proved impossible as Diana and Charles were ripped apart by the tabloids over their painful divorce. Harry wants to do for Archie what his mother wanted to do for him. Princess Diana would be proud of her son for standing up for his family.

All For Archie

Baby Archie
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The news that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would be stepping down as senior working members of the royal family shocked the world. There were so many questions as to what could make the young couple give up their lives of wealth and fame. Now it's clear that it's all for baby Archie. These loving parents are willing to do whatever it takes to give their little boy the best life they can. Baby Archie is lucky to have devoted parents.

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