Meghan Markle and Prince Harry famously decided they were going to step back from their royal duties to have a more private life. Now, a new report from the New Yorker reveals part of their motivation to get away from the royal world was that they didn’t want to spend their lives living on a pedestal.
Meghan and Harry were vocal about their feelings towards the amount of scrutiny they faced in the media while living in the United Kingdom. When they decided to leave the trappings of royalty behind to focus on becoming financially independent and to concentrate on their charity work — according to the New Yorker’s Rebecca Mead — they were also making a statement about life under such scrutiny and whether the benefits outweighed the challenges.
“They were saying, in effect, that life on a pedestal is not a life worth living—especially when being regularly knocked off that pedestal, sometimes for the slightest sign of human fallibility, is an essential part of the job,” she wrote.
Meghan apparently found royal life challenging. Prior to marrying into the royal family and being named Duchess of Sussex, she was able to speak her mind about political issues and weigh in on social matters. As a senior member of the royal family, that kind of expression was frowned upon.
During one of her first jobs in her official capacity, Meghan sparked a scandal when she commented on Irish politics.
“Nor is the job as easy as it looks, as Markle discovered during one of her first official engagements, at a garden party in Dublin; she endured a brief scandal after it emerged on Twitter that she’d told an attendee she approved of Ireland’s recent decision to legalize abortion,” Mead wrote.
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This afternoon, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day, alongside Her Majesty The Queen and Members of The Royal Family. The Commonwealth is a global network of 54 countries, working in collaboration towards shared economic, environmental, social and democratic goals, and the Service today seeks to highlight the vast community which spans every geographical region, religion and culture, embracing diversity amongst its population of 2.4 billion people, of which 60 percent are under 30 years old. As President and Vice-President of the @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been passionate advocates of the Commonwealth having spent many years working closely with the next generation of Commonwealth leaders. The theme of the Commonwealth for 2020 is ‘Delivering A Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming', placing emphasis on youth, the environment, trade, governance, and ICT (Information and Communications Technology) and innovation. From working to protect the earth's natural resources and preserving the planet for generations to come, to championing fair trade and empowering the youth of today to transform the communities of tomorrow, the Service celebrates the Commonwealth's continued commitment to delivering a peaceful, prosperous and more sustainable future for all. Photo © PA
The media has speculated about what drove the couple to ultimately decide to move part-time to North America and step out of the royal public spotlight. Some have suggested they weren’t able to deal with the scrutiny that came with the job. Others said they were bored or perhaps exhausted by infighting within the royal family.
But Mead argued the couple wanted to live a more authentic life. She wrote that cutting ribbons at hospital openings wasn’t a fulfilling existence for the couple. She postulated that Meghan was the one who convinced Harry to set aside the “stiff upper lip” that is the hallmark of British royalty to be more open about his feelings and emotions.
For now, the two are making their home in Los Angeles, though the move may not be permanent, as The Inquisitr previously reported.