Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s ‘great tragedy’ before royal exit

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's 'great tragedy' has been revealed by a royal expert who claims that a 'great change' could've been made...

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's "great tragedy" revealed by expert; seen here attending the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s “great tragedy” before they left their lives as senior working royals behind them has been revealed by a royal expert. 


Over two years after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle “stepped back” as senior members of the Royal Family and moved to the US the couple have opened up once again about royal life in their upcoming Netflix documentary. Already the first trailer for Harry & Meghan has divided fans, with the King’s youngest son describing a “hierarchy of the family”. And as people await what revelations lie in store, royal expert Andrew Morton has described what he believes Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s “great tragedy” was ahead of their royal exit…

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the Commonwealth Day Service 2020

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As reported by The Mirror (opens in new tab), Andrew Morton got candid on their Pod Save The King podcast about the length of time between Prince Harry and Meghan’s embarking on life as working royals and stepping back. Here he expressed his belief that Prince Harry and Meghan’s “great tragedy” was that they didn’t “give it long enough” before making their royal exit and relocating to their Santa Barbara mansion

"I realised after watching the Royal Family for all these years that it takes a long, long time to really understand what it is like to be royal,” he said, before later claiming, “The great tragedy, I think, is that Meghan and Harry didn't give it long enough to see whether they could give it a go.”

Instead, Andrew alleged that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex “were on the [way] out almost before the wedding music had finished”. 

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex travel in an Ascot Landau carriage as they begin their procession through Windsor following their wedding

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The expert also suggested that had they remained senior royals for longer Meghan could have showcased her “natural” skills as a working royal to affect major changes.

“Meghan is a natural,” Andrew said. “[S]he had the great possibility of using her talent and her position to make a genuine change to the world. I don't think she's going to make such a change living in Montecito.” 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex tied the knot at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in May 2018 and announced their intention to step back in January 2020. Their final engagement was the Commonwealth Day Service that March - just under two years after their wedding. 

Since then they’ve since gone on to launch and announce multiple exciting ventures including Meghan's Spotify podcast Archetypes and Prince Harry's memoir, Spare. Prince Harry and Meghan also spoke out candidly about what it was like being working royals in their "tell-all" Oprah Winfrey interview last year.

Now their Harry & Meghan special is set to shed more light on their lives and relationship with the Royal Family. In the trailer, the Duchess declared, “When the stakes are this high, doesn’t it make more sense to hear our story from us?”

And as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle share new insights into their experiences in the Netflix special, it's remarkable to think how much has changed for them and the Royal Family since they made their royal exit.

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing. Her specialist areas including literature, the British Royal Family and knowing all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and every streaming service out there. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, you can find Emma cooking and watching yet more crime dramas.