Closing a chapter! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle “finally feel free” after officially exiting the royal family, a source revealed, adding that the pair have “so much to look forward to.”
“Harry and Meghan have achieved success beyond their wildest dreams in the U.S. and are settled and much more content living in Montecito, doing their own thing,” the insider shared. “They are determined to raise their children in a normal, stable environment, out of the spotlight, which would’ve [been] impossible if they’d remained royals.”
On Friday, February 19, Buckingham Palace confirmed that Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, would “not be returning as working members of the royal family.”
“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,” the statement continued. “The honorary military appointments and royal patronages held by the duke and duchess will therefore be returned to Her Majesty before being redistributed among working members of the royal family.”
Despite the change in their lives, the pair — who currently live in Montecito, Calif., and are expecting baby No. 2 later this year — “understand that they can’t have it both ways,” the source noted. “And from their point of view, it’s not the end of the world.”
“They’ve already made their mark in the US and will continue being philanthropists, working with charities that are close to their heart – veterans, mental health, homelessness, Black Lives Matter and more,” the insider explained.
Clearly, charities mean a lot to the duo, who will continue to “remain committed to their duty and service to the U.K.,” they said in a statement. “We can all live a life of service. Service is universal.”
The red-headed royal and the Suits alum moved to California last year, and since then, they have been adjusting to their new normal. According to Finding Freedom co-author Omid Scobie, the twosome are “happier than ever.”
"To be at the point they are at now, having set up an empire and a charity in just over nine months, shows just how hard they have worked to make this transition a success," Scobie added. "But it’s taken a lot of work to get here. The journey has been painful."
An insider spoke with Us Weekly about Meghan and Harry's royal exit.