The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s decision to step down permanently as royalty comes as no surprise.
When they first announced their desire to cease performing their royal duties and to become financially independent, ignoring Buckingham Palace in making their intentions public before matters were negotiated with the Queen, it was hard to see how they could return. .
It caused surprise, pain and disappointment among the rest of the family. At that time, the Queen reluctantly blessed their ambition for a new “progressive role” and stressed that they would continue to be “a valuable part of my family.” At a historic crisis summit in Sandringham, attended by the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry, a 12-month transition period was agreed.
Now it seems this was less to facilitate their eventual return to the royal fold, more for the couple to establish whether they could earn enough money to fund themselves. They have amply demonstrated it. Lucrative contracts have been struck with streaming sites Netflix and Spotify, the former for a series of documentaries, the latter for podcasts to promote their Archewell brand.
Her profile in the US will soon be bolstered by her planned interview with Oprah Winfrey, billed as an “intimate” and “broad” talk, which is believed to be taped this week. It will primarily focus on Meghan, exploring her experience joining the royal family, before Harry joins them to discuss future plans.
None of this exhibition will have been welcomed by the rest of the royalty. Nor will he have done anything to heal the strained relationship between Harry and his brother, William. The two are separated by much more than the Atlantic.
Initially, the couple hoped for a “half in, half out” agreement, whereby they could be based abroad, but still fly the flag.
However, Buckingham Palace played hard, aware that any financial venture could compromise the Queen. The couple were ordered to abandon the Sussex Royal brand they had created. Dismantling the Sussex Royal website and the social media platform the couple had built would have been a major blow. They were also forced to pay back taxpayer money used to renovate their Windsor home, Frogmore Cottage.
For Harry, who has now given up everything, it has certainly been an emotional roller coaster. He allowed a glimpse of his inner turmoil when, speaking at a private dinner in London last year for his charity Sentebale, of which he retains his patronage, he said: “Our hope was to continue serving the Queen, the Commonwealth and my army. associations without public funding. Unfortunately, that was not possible. “
It was not a decision he had made lightly, but “there was no other option.” Speaking “not as a prince or a duke, but as Harry,” he said he had found the “love and happiness that I had hoped for all my life” with Meghan. It had brought him “great sadness,” he said, that it had come to this.
Now, expecting her second child and living in a £ 11 million mansion in Montecito, California, the world rather than the UK is her chosen setting. That has been evident from the moment they selected South Africa and a meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, to properly showcase their son, Archie.
Throughout this transitional year, they have taken over, time and again, a critical British media outlet, including in court. They have been outspoken in their condemnation of the way they have been treated by some UK publications, making any return to Britain as active royal extremely difficult. They seem to view the British press as a nuisance and prefer the less critical American media.
Today your fate is sealed. There is no way back. Though as the grandson of a sovereign and the son and brother of future sovereigns, Harry will always be indelibly royal by blood. However, all, except their family ties, are severed once and for all.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism