"The Sussexes never really displayed a sense of duty," writer Esther Krakue told an outlet.
"It only took a couple of years for them to storm out of the royal family like petulant children and release an interview with Oprah where they were just complaining; release a book like Spare where they were just complaining; release a Netflix documentary where, again, they were just complaining. It just goes to show that, actually, they didn't have a lot of grit, which demonstrated their hearts weren't in it until they had different motives, which don't align with what the royal family is about," she added.
Krakue continued: "And we are seeing that as their stars continue to fall, you can see the flaws in the couple's characters and what they actually thought they were going to do as members of the royal family."
On January 8, 2020, during their stay with Meghan's mom, Doria Ragland, in California, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex released a statement to their socials announcing their wish to become part-time working royals. The term "Megxit" was quickly coined by the media, and the duo completed their final royal engagement on March 9 for Westminster Abbey's Commonwealth Day service. The royal rebels quickly went on the defensive when discussing their decision.
"What I want to make clear is we’re not walking away, and we certainly aren’t walking away from you. Our hope was to continue serving the Queen, the Commonwealth, and my military associations but without public funding. Unfortunately, that wasn’t possible. I’ve accepted this, knowing that it doesn’t change who I am or how committed I am. But I hope that helps you understand what it had to come to, that I would step my family back from all I have ever known, to take a step forward into what I hope can be a more peaceful life," Harry shared in a January 2020 interview.
The palace took a pointed yet professional approach when publicly sharing how Harry and Meghan had to give back all of their royal patronages as the couple's glitzy California lives no longer reflected "responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service."
"As evidenced by their work over the past year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex remain committed to their duty and service to the U.K. and around the world and have offered their continued support to the organizations they have represented regardless of official role. We can all live a life of service. Service is universal," the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's Buckingham Palace rebuttal stated.
Daily Express reported on Krakue's remarks.