Welcoming their first child together was a life-changing experience in more ways than one for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
According to Finding Freedom author Omid Scobie, 2-year-old son Archie gave them the "energy to stand up for what was right for them, regardless of what the consequences were. As we have seen, those consequences have been pretty major."
Before becoming parents, "they were quite afraid of the consequences of stepping away and challenging the system," the royal expert added.
The Sussexes welcomed Archie in May 2019, and in the beginning of 2020, they announced they would be stepping down from the royal family and moving to America.
"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 joint statement. "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."
"It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment," their message continued. "We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages."
Within the next year, the door seemed to remain open for the couple to return to the palace, but in February 2021, it was confirmed that they wouldn't be doing so.
"Following conversations with The Duke, The Queen has written confirming that in stepping away from the work of The Royal Family it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service," a statement revealed. "While all are saddened by their decision, The Duke and Duchess remain much loved members of the family."
The California-based pair hit back at the harsh message, insisting, "We can all live a life of service. Service is universal."
They also promised to "remain committed to their duty and service to the U.K. and around the world."
On June 4, the couple welcomed daughter Lilibet Diana.