He may have left the country – and his official royal roles – but Britain’s media storm surrounding Prince Harry and Meghan continues to be strong.
Buckingham Palace announced on Friday that Queen Elizabeth II’s granddaughter and his American wife were front page reports in Britain confirming that he would not return to his roles as a working member of the royal family.
This weekend, the Sunday Times quoted close anonymous sources close to Prince William, who reportedly said that future kings were “saddened and indeed shocked” by Meghan’s departure from her brother and royal life. Sources said William felt the couple was “abusive and insulting” to the queen.
Neither Sussex nor Kensington Palace will comment on the report and NBC News has not been able to confirm it.
In a brief statement on Friday, Harry and Meghan said that “we can all live a life of service,” regardless of their official roles. Service is universal. “
It depicted the language used by the palace stating that “it is not possible to continue the responsibilities and duties that come with the life of public service to get away from the work of the royal family.”
When Harry and Meghan would not return to their royal roles, the news came just days after news that they would sit for an interview with media mogul Oprah Winfrey. The couple, who now live in California, announced on Valentine’s Day that they were expecting their second child.
The ruckus also occurs while the Queen’s 99-year-old husband, Prince Philip, is in the hospital.
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It has been a dramatic few years for Harry and Meghan, who first got engaged in November 2017. At the time, Meghan, who in 2015 described herself as a mixed race, was saluted to bring a breath of fresh air to the traditional royal family.
But with a rift between brothers William and Harry, and a string of news reports about Meghan’s relationship with her family, things quickly derailed.
In January 2020, Harry and Meghan announced they wanted to “pursue a progressive new role” and “step back” as senior members of the royal family. They then stated that they wanted to divide their time between the United Kingdom and North America, and even started paying their own bills.
Since moving to California, Harry and Meghan have signed an agreement to produce films, shows and documentaries for Netflix, and to produce and host podcasts through their newly created audio production company Archwell Audio Giant has teamed up with Spotify.
Associates say that Harry is busy and doing well in his new non-royal life.
“He sounds better for a while, which is really great to see,” said Dominic Reid, CEO of Invictus Games.
“I’ll put out some ideas, literally, late, late Friday, late night, and I’ve just returned an email with their thoughts.”
Harry occupies the sixth position in the royal succession after his successor, Prince Charles, his brother William and three children of William.