Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have made the decision to break from the royal family, and the reactions to their departure have been split. Opinions on this matter, both in the United Kingdom and the rest of the world, seem to be driven by how a person feels about the monarchy in general. Advocates of the monarchy have described the couples break from the royals as disrespectful and even “disgusting,” while critics of the royals have celebrated what they are calling an “escape.”
Ex-Royal Marine James Glancy, a former Captain in the Special Boat Service, said that many members of the military were upset by the move, and were especially unhappy with how the matter was handled. Sources have indicated that Queen Elizabeth II, Harry’s grandmother had to find out about her grandson’s decision through the media, which many advocates of the monarchy have taken issue with. However, many others are looking to Harry and Meghan as heroes for leaving the monarchy, and it appears that there may be another side to the story.
Close friends of Prince Harry suggest that there was some type of leak that contributed to the awkward announcement. Tom Bradby, who made documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, suggested in an article for the Sunday Times that Harry actually intended to speak to his grandmother privately about the issue, but was somehow persuaded to type up an announcement, which was then quickly leaked to the Sun, forcing the couples hand to release their announcement earlier.
Bradby said that Harry and Meghan feel they have been driven out. Prince Harry’s friend JJ Chalmers, who he served in the army with, suggested in a recent interview that Harry was leaving the royals to protect his child and family.
— BBC The One Show (@BBCTheOneShow) January 10, 2020
Harry has actually said this himself in past interviews. In one video that surfaced recently, Harry can be heard making similar remarks, that he is leaving to save his family, although he does not go into specifics about the danger that his family is facing.
Prince Harry said what he said and I’m here to remind you. Period. pic.twitter.com/t1dyZ8Tt3A
— BLM (@meghanysl) January 9, 2020
In another part from the same interview, Harry can be heard saying he will not be bullied into playing a game that took the life of his mother. However, it is important to note that when he is speaking about the incident that took his mother’s life, he is placing blame on the media and the photographers who were allegedly chased her off the road on that tragic night, he does not seem to be openly referencing the royal family. In fact, that interview came around the same time that he was filing a lawsuit against members of the media.
“I will not be bullied into playing a game that killed my mom” OOF pic.twitter.com/DBK1sNXDZn
— Nardos (@lvnlavidanardos) January 10, 2020
It is not exactly clear what the future will hold for Harry and Meghan, but their financial involvement with the royal family is to be decided at an upcoming meeting that will be held by the Queen. Some reports have indicated that Harry has already used his connections to get Meghan, a former actress, a new job doing voiceovers for an animated Disney film.