When Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry got engaged in November 2017, the royal couple, as well as the British press and public, seemed optimistic about what the pair would bring to the British royal family. Their union was admired, and people were excited about seeing a mixed-race American woman joining The Firm.
Unfortunately, things didn’t pan out as expected. From the moment the Sussexes tied the knot, Meghan was criticized, bullied, and harassed so much so that she and Prince Harry made the decision to step away from their positions as senior working royals.
Now, one royal expert suggests that based on the Duchess of Sussex’s body-language when she interacted with Queen Elizabeth, we should have all seen Megxit coming.
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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
Megxit was a difficult choice for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
In October 2019, the Sussexes first hinted at their deep unhappiness in their royal roles and amid the pressure and scrutiny of the press. During their royal tour in South Africa, they filmed an ITV documentary Harry and Meghan: An African Journey where they talked about their difficulties.
After announcing Megxit, the Duke of Sussex spoke openly about his decision. “The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back is not one I made lightly,” he said during a speech at a dinner for his charity, Sentebale. “It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges. And I know I haven’t always got it right, but as far as this goes, there really was no other option.”
In a leaked phone call, Prince Harry went into more detail about Megxit. “That’s probably a conversation for another time, there’s lots of layers to it and lots of pieces to the puzzle,” the prince reportedly said. “But sometimes the right decision isn’t always the easy one. And this decision certainly wasn’t the easy one but it was the right decision for our family, the right decision to be able to protect my son.”
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✈️🎖The Queen, Honorary Air Commodore visited @rafmarham in Norfolk today. The Royal Family have long supported the air base. Swipe ➡️ to see a photograph of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother visiting personnel in 1988. RAF Marham is a military airbase, with over 3600 working personnel. The airbase provides engineering support across the RAF and is home to the F-35B Lightning, a military aircraft. The Queen visited the Integrated Training Centre, which provides future pilots with thorough training and enables them to qualify as a Lightning Plane pilot. Her Majesty watched a demonstration of simulation-based training. This special training enables new pilots to practice flying planes without being in the air.
Queen Elizabeth may have been able to stop Megxit
After witnessing Princess Margaret and Princess Diana struggle in the royal family, the queen has always been sensitive and supportive to the Sussexes’ plight but one royal expert feels she did not do enough to help.
“If the queen had once said, in her way, ‘Hey, guys, this is my grandson and his wife,” journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown told Vanity Fair. “They just got married. Back off and let them build a life for themselves,’ the hounds would have backed off. But she never did. And she still hasn’t. I find that unforgivable, actually, since she has the power. They absolutely worship her in this country.”
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Today, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son Archie was christened at Private Chapel at Windsor Castle. The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge attended the Christening. Photograph 1 was taken in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle. Seated (L – R): The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke of Sussex, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, The Duchess of Sussex, The Duchess of Cambridge Standing (L – R): The Prince of Wales, Ms Doria Ragland, Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, The Duke of Cambridge This second photograph of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and Archie was taken in the Rose Garden at Windsor Castle. 📷 Chris Allerton /©️SussexRoyal
Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth’s body-language may have hinted at Megxit
Things had been tough for Meghan long before Meghan was announced.”Now that the Sussexes’ uncoupling from the royal firm appears almost complete it is possible to look back and track what appeared to be four degrees of separation opening between the couple and the rest of the royals,” body language expert Judi James told Express. “As the rifts began to show, and as Meghan and Harry were clearly planning their exit behind the scenes, they did seem to drift away physically as well as emotionally. Meghan was fast-tracked into the royal firm. She did the traditional ‘induction’ trip and appearance with the Queen much sooner than Kate did. This suggested some trust in Meghan’s confidence as a new royal and some instant bonds between her and the Queen.”
However, things began to shift quickly. “Meghan was now such a big star in the royal firm that it looked odd to see her at the back of the line-up, in front of Harry and slightly isolated-looking,” James explained. “There were clearly pecking-orders at play here but the space between Meghan and the front row royals plus the Queen did look large. As the other A-list royals clustered around the Queen here Meghan and Harry looked distant, with Meghan again walking alone, looking in at the group in front from the side and from what looked like a large spatial gap. She was not in the line with the other royal wives and now we have been officially told of the rift between Harry and William it’s probably easier to imagine the tensions that surrounded group appearances like this.”
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