By now, news has broken across the world of the ultimate fate for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. In a bombshell announcement on Instagram, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle declared that they would be moving to North America to begin a new chapter in their lives, while simultaneously taking a 'step back' and relinquishing their duties as senior members of the royal family.
For some, this move is highly unprecedented, and for others, they saw this day coming. Despite such an event not occurring in recent memory within the royal family, the couple has made the decision to move away from London, nonetheless. But what was the impetus for this drastic decision? While the situation is highly complex and undoubtedly convoluted, there are five reasons that are impossible to ignore.
Markle's Mixed-Race Heritage Not Aligning with the Images of the Royal Family
It's impossible to ignore the reception that Meghan Markle has received since marrying into the royal family. She is an outsider and no one is denying that. She doesn't have the pedigree or English heritage, which also cannot be argued. But more than anything, Markle's mixed-race identity has caused an incessant uproar among people who take too much pride in the storied tradition of the royal family and its 'clean' bloodline.
But enough was enough for the couple, as the need to live a drama-free life became more important to them then living out a scripted, fake existence as pawns for a family that no longer has any significant power, at least when it comes to governmental decisions and how parliament operates. Why deal with people that constantly feel the need to attack you when you can go on about your life, away from the drama and ridicule?
Irreconcilable Differences between Prince William and Prince Harry
It's never easy to leave family, no matter who it is, especially when it comes to close siblings, or how it used to be for Prince William and Harry. Over the last year or so, there have been some very rough patches between the brothers, almost to the point of establishing irreconcilable differences. To really get an idea of when this started, one would have to go back to the grieving period following Princess Diana's death.
It's undeniable that both William and Harry suffered in their own right, as any child would when they lose a parent. At one point, they leaned on each other for support; however, this would not last, as Harry began to bottle up the emotion. It led him to have issues that could no longer be mitigated by his older brother. Add in a host of other problems and tensions between the two over the last year and a situation of isolation and coldness has been created, making the decision to move away with Meghan all the much easier.
Two Divergent Paths for Prince William and Prince Harry
The paths that each has been given have also naturally created a divide between the two. For Prince William, he will eventually become king, and his wife, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, will become queen. As a result, Prince William has taken on a more stately role within the family in anticipation of what is to eventually come for him and his direct family. Likewise, Middleton has also taken on similar roles, despite the fact that many have called her a puppet of Queen Elizabeth II. Both have embraced what is ultimately inevitable.
On the other hand, Prince Harry, being the younger of the two brothers, and only by a few years, will never be king, barring unlikely circumstances with Prince William. Instead of following the same path with the stately duties as his brother has, Harry has been involved with the royal military and focused much of his efforts towards philanthropy and extending a helping hand from the British monarchy. Harry's wife, Markle, has joined in on such causes, making these tasks their primary purpose within the family. It's easy to see why this move is easier for Sussex's. The responsibility and inherent duties simply aren't there.
Avoiding a Repeat of the Fate of Their Mother, Princess Diana
For many, the dream of becoming famous is only just that, a dream. Something that looks great on the outside. But it is true? The ultimate fascination and incessant following by members of the paparazzi, not to mention, people on the internet and social media, can tear apart friends and families, and in the worst cases, lead to death. Of course, this last claim pertains to the family in the unfortunate and late death of their mother, Princess Diana, who died in a car accident as a result of the paparazzi following her and the vehicle she was in.
Although there are conspiracy theories abounding about what really led to their mother's death, the imagery of cameras and reporters following the vehicle that night cannot be erased from the memories of either child, regardless of how old they were at the time. Prince Harry is now a father and a husband and one would have to think that the same fate could happen to them, especially with the coverage the royal family has received over the last year due to scandals with Prince Andrew, rumors of infidelity with Prince Williams, and an overall dissatisfaction with Prince Harry marrying an American and outsider.
The Desire to Provide Archie with a More Independent Upbringing
In the most recent statement that was provided, via the Official Instagram page of the Sussex family, the couple indicated that their son's upbringing was of primary importance and a massive part in their decision to move to North America. For Prince Harry and Meghan, they want to raise their child with the tradition of being a royal, but also want their child to grow up in an independent manner. While Harry' family will indeed be far away, Markle has family that is at least on the same continent. At this time, it's unknown where they will be moving, but it could very well be in Canada where Archie, their son, would be close to one of his grandmothers.
The move is certainly an unprecedented one. Perhaps how the decision was made or the manner in which it was made was not done with the best tact or consideration, but it seems for these reasons, their decision to move to another chapter of their lives was made much easier, regardless of what's to come with future family confrontation and tension.