Queen Elizabeth Didn't Let Meghan Markle & Prince Harry 'Have Their Own Press Office Established,' Which Was 'The Final Straw,' Expert Claims
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry left the royal family and moved to California last year, and one of the reasons they might have wanted to escape the U.K. was because Queen Elizabeth had some tough rules in place.
"Rather than have their own press office established, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were told that they would be incorporated into Buckingham Palace," royal expert Camilla Tominey said in the ITV documentaryHarry and William: What Went Wrong?.
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"It's at that point that the Queen and Prince Charles sweep in and say no, we will manage your affairs," she continued. "And in a way, that's the final straw because once again the Sussexes are saying 'Why can't we have what the Cambridges are having? We should be on equal footing.'"
Meghan, 39, and Harry, 36, decided to leave the royal family in January 2020.
"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," they said in a statement. "This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity."
However, royal expert Duncan Larcombe believes Harry might eventually regret leaving his brood behind.
"Harry and Meghan seem to think they can co-exist in these two worlds – the world of British royals and American celebrity," Larcombe told Closer magazine. "Harry is loving the American life now – but he's still in the honeymoon phase. I think coming back and seeing his brother, especially against the very moving backdrop of a memorial for their mother, will maybe make him question what he's given it all up for."