Ever since their wedding in May 2018, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been the subject of the media's attention.
The prince and the actress had a whirlwind romance, which they kept under wraps until they announced their engagement in November 2017.
Their wedding was one of the most-watched events in television history. As the couple settled into married life and prepared for parenthood, the media's attention increased.
Heading into 2020, Harry and Meghan are making a big change in their lives. Yesterday, they announced they were stepping back from their royal duties as senior members of the royal family.
Harry and Meghan's announcement is shocking, and many are questioning if they're making the right decision.
Let's take a look at why this may be a positive step for the couple.
Negative media attention
As a member of the royal family, Prince Harry has been in the spotlight throughout the years.
During his younger days, Harry was known to be a wild man. Reports surfaced of Harry's partying and in 2012, photos showed a naked Harry partying in a Las Vegas suite.
Harry cleaned up and throughout the years, we saw him mature.
When he announced his engagement to Meghan Markle, fans were ecstatic to see Prince Charles and Princess Diana's youngest son finally settling down.
However, when Harry and Meghan married, the media attention continued, and it was mostly negative.
Harry and Meghan have different views from the royal family, and the British tabloids weren't shy about criticizing them, especially Meghan. Many felt that Meghan was a bad influence on Harry, and causing strife in the royal family.
Meghan and Harry have talked about the negative treatment from the British press has affected them.
With their latest announcement, it seems like the criticism towards Meghan and Harry is going to continue.
When Meghan announced her engagement to Harry, it seemed like Prince William and Kate Middleton were welcoming her with open arms.
The four seemed happy and friendly when they attended public events. Kate was also reportedly helping Meghan adjust to royal life.
However, rumors have swirled about a possible family feud between both sides.
Reports suggested that Meghan and Kate weren't getting along. However, it was soon learned that Meghan and Kate may not have been the problem, it was Harry and William.
The feud between the two brothers stemmed from William's unwelcoming attitude towards Meghan.
Whatever the reason behind the rumored rift, it's obvious that Harry and Meghan are on a different path from William and Kate.
More time with Archie
On May 6, 2019, Meghan gave birth to the couple's son Archie.
Harry and Meghan love being parents. Archie has escorted his parents on a royal tour to South Africa, where he was introduced to Desmond Tutu.
Harry and Meghan are very hands-on parents. While they usually take their son along on royal trips, sometimes their public appearances may have them leaving him at home.
The couple may feel like their royal duties are taking away time from Archie. By stepping back from their roles in the royal family, they'll be able to spend more time with their son.
What's next for them?
When they couple released their statement saying they were stepping back from their royal duties, they said they were planning to be financially independent and will split their time between the UK and the US.
While the British press has been negative towards Meghan, the US press has been more positive. Harry and Meghan would be more than welcomed in the United States, where they could establish a new life for themselves and Archie.
The news about Harry and Meghan has been met with mixed reactions. Yet, fans of the couple are supportive of their decision.
Harry and Meghan need to do what's best for them. Even though their decision is going to create a lot of drama, the couple is making plans for the next stage in their lives.