Meghan Markle & Prince Harry Say 'Lack Of Support' Pushed Them To Step Down As Senior Royals
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have shared more about their decision to step down as senior royals during their tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, revealing one of the main reasons was because they felt unsupported.
"I was desperate," Harry told Oprah of his "tipping point." "I went to all the places that I thought I should go to to ask for help. We both did, separately and together."
"We never left the family, and we only wanted to have the same type of role that exists. There's senior members and there's non-senior. We said specifically, senior roles," Meghan explained. "[There are people] who earn a living, live on palace grounds, can support the Queen if and when called upon. We weren't reinventing the wheel."
According to the Duchess, she and Harry "were in a lot of pain," but the Palace did not provide them "with the help that they needed."
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"We can take a step back … we can do it in a commonwealth country," the 39-year-old suggested to the Palace.
Harry added that the Sussexes needed "to take a breath ... from this constant barrage. My biggest concern was history repeating itself. And what I was seeing was history repeating itself. But far more dangerous because you add race in, you add social media in … I'm talking about my mother [Princess Diana]. When you can see something happening in the same kind of way, anybody would ask for help. Ask the system of which you are part of."
"So to receive no help at all and be continuously told, 'This is how it is. We've all been through this,'" is what led to the choice to step down.
Earlier in the interview, Meghan admitted to Oprah that she had suicidal thoughts. "I just didn’t see a solution," she explained, noting that she was the subject of negative tabloid coverage "just because I was breathing," which is another reason the pair decided to step away.
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Harry and Meghan first started dating in 2016, but it wasn't until the world found out about Harry's "girlfriend" that things began to change for the prince. He admitted he wasn't aware of unconscious bias until he met Meghan, "But my god it doesn't take very long to become aware of it."
He added, "It takes living in her shoes in this instance for a day to see where it was going to go and how far they were going to take it and get away with it."
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Overall, Harry stated that a "lack of support and lack of understanding" was a big part in what led to his decision to step down.
Harry explained that he did not blindside Queen Elizabeth II with their announcement because "I have too much respect for her."
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Last month, Meghan and Harry were stripped of their "honorary military appointments and Royal patronages" after they confirmed to the Queen that they would not return as working royals. In a statement, Buckingham Palace noted that they were still "much-loved" members of the royal family.