Now that they’ve completed their final tour as senior royals and are settling in Los Angeles, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are shifting their goals to better suit the new lives that they’ve chosen. In the final Instagram post on their now defunct Sussex Royal Instagram account, they explained their new goals in a changing and uncertain world.
“As we can all feel, the world at this moment seems extraordinarily fragile. Yet we are confident that every human being has the potential and opportunity to make a difference—as seen now across the globe, in our families, our communities and those on the front line—together we can lift each other up to realize the fullness of that promise.”
However, despite the threat of a global pandemic, Harry and Meghan especially are thriving in their new lives.
In his first public speech after the news was announced, Prince Harry said this about their choice to step down as senior royals:
“The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back is not one I made lightly. It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges. And I know I haven’t always gotten it right, but as far as this goes, there really was no other option.”
According to reports, the stress of constant abuse in the press and the pressure of being a royal took a real toll on Meghan. A source told US Weekly that Meghan felt “trapped and claustrophobic” and was even suffering from panic attacks.
“She was nervous to step outside her own front door because of all the negative attention she attracted.”
In an interview for their documentary, Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, Meghan admitted that the constant abuse in the press took a real emotional toll on her, especially when she was pregnant. She tearfully said:
“Any woman, especially when they are pregnant, you are really vulnerable, so that was made really challenging. And then when you have a newborn, and especially as a woman, it is a lot.
So you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom or trying to be a newlywed, it’s um… Yeah, well, I guess… and also thank you for asking, because not many people have asked if I am OK. But it’s a very real thing to be going through behind-the-scenes.”
However, their move to Canada and Los Angeles “has given her the chance to reset” according to a source in US Weekly.
“Meghan’s thrilled to have escaped the chaos of London. She feels like a new person.
Meghan has a real spring in her step again. It’s wonderful to see her in top form.”
ITV's @tombradby spoke to Meghan as he gained exclusive access to the royal couple as they toured Africa for 10 days with their son Archie.
— ITV News (@itvnews) October 18, 2019
While the couple is currently practicing extreme social distancing reportedly in an LA compound, their goals towards building a life still rooted in service are on hold. However, even if they’ve been temporarily delayed due to the global pandemic, a source told E! that the couple is still on track.
“Most people in the world have had their plans changed as a result of COVID-19 and Meghan and Harry are no different. But ultimately their work has not changed—they are still talking to organizations and charities they have worked with to see how they can help. The circumstances have changed but their intent to help has not.”