His intention, according to him, “never was to move away” from the royal family. In March 2020, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced that they wanted to step down from their royal duties for at least a year, before flying to the United States, heading to California. After renting the home of producer Tyler Perry for several months, the couple finally found a lovely home in Montecito, where they now live with their son Archie, before soon welcoming their second child. A life now in peace for the Sussexes, who decided to leave Great Britain because of the constant media pressure which weighed on them.
“It had become a really difficult environment, I think a lot of people saw it,” Prince Harry explained to host James Corden in an interview relayed by the Daily Mail. Not gentle with journalists for many years, the Duke of Sussex described the press, especially the British, as “toxic”, and that this move was quickly imposed because this media pressure “was destroying [his] sanity”. “So I did what any father or husband would do and I thought, ‘How do I get my family out of here'”, he recalls, assuring in passing that he never wanted to leave the British royal family. , with whom they have a strained relationship.
Prince Harry wanted to “take a step back” and not quit
If on February 19 with Meghan Markle he renounced his royal patronages, as well as his status as a senior member of the British monarchy, Prince Harry clarified that the idea of Megxit was initially to move away from media pressure , and not to renounce his royal obligations. “The idea was to take a step back rather than resign,” he said, adding that despite everything, his “life is a public service”. “So wherever I am in the world it will be the same. As far as I’m concerned, whatever decisions are made on this side [in Britain], I will never stray from it,” he said. warned in this interview, shot before announcing to Elizabeth II that he would not return to London to resume his royal obligations.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry © Backgrid UK