Is This Why Meghan And Harry Have No Guilt Over Leaving The Royal Family?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shocked the world when they announced their plans to exit the royal family. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex officially left their duties as senior members of the Firm in early 2020. "After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution," the couple said in a statement (via People Magazine). "We intend to step back as 'senior' members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen."

Following their official exit from royal life, Meghan and Harry moved from the U.K. to the United States, where they settled down in California with their young son, Archie. "This is what Meghan and Harry have always wanted — to create their own life. It's got to feel like an immense relief to get out of the U.K. and go down their own path," an insider told the outlet at the time. "They were craving a smaller community and a slower pace — Montecito is very mellow, a charming little town and the Santa Barbara [area] offers an ideal lifestyle that they're looking forward to," another source added.

Meanwhile, as Harry and Meghan were settling into their new life, they reportedly had no regrets about leaving royal life behind.

Harry and Meghan felt she was being undermined

According to The Daily Beast, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle believe they made the right decision to leave the royal family. The newest edition of the couple's biography "Finding Freedom" reveals that the Sussexes didn't feel bad about leaving the U.K. after reports of Meghan bullying royal staff members began to circulate. Just days before the pair's bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, a series of articles were published by The Independent, claiming that Meghan had bullied a staff member in 2018. The staffer allegedly felt "humiliated" by Meghan's actions and left their job over the controversy.

Meghan has denied the allegations. However, "Finding Freedom" authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand wrote that the couple believed the timing of the reports was calculated. "It felt like certain individuals at the Palace were doing their very best to undermine and discredit anything they worried the couple may or may not say during the interview," a friend of the Sussexes is quoted as saying. The book goes on to state that attempts to "undermine" Meghan just days before the Oprah interview showed the duke and duchess that they were justified in their decision to leave the Firm and create a new life in the U.S.

Meanwhile, People reports that Meghan and Harry remain disappointed by the royals' lack of action in response to their claims.