The former senior royals are forging a path for themselves as they step away from The Royal Family for good. But recently, they have received the most devastating news which has rendered them speechless.
Meghan and Harry are trying to live their lives in peace.
But it seems as though the universe doesn’t want them to, as the pair have yet again been hit with some terrible news.
But let’s see how we got here…
Many argue that Meghan Markle has revolutionized the royal family.
Since she started dating Prince Harry back in 2016, the world has become completely obsessed with the former actress.
The pair wed in 2018.
Meghan became the Duchess of Sussex, making her the first mixed-race American woman to ever join the royal family.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have worked tirelessly together to fulfill their royal duties...
Since their highly-publicized wedding, Meghan has taken part in many royal tours and visits all around the world.
Naturally, the world fell in love with the new Duchess.
Her beautiful looks and elegant demeanor captured hearts all around the world, and her work for feminism and women’s charities has set an excellent example within the royal family.
Cracks began to show early, however...
Meghan was quickly criticized upon her entrance into the royal family, and not all the complaints were because she “wasn’t royal enough.”
A family feud with her father, Thomas Markle, was quickly made very public and, when he didn’t attend the wedding, the heat was turned onto Meghan.
Her dad reportedly hasn\'t met his grandson yet.
Thomas Markle made claims back in 2018 on British television breakfast show, Good Morning Britain, that Meghan had simply “ghosted” him, saying:
“I’ve still never met my son-in-law. Why couldn’t Prince Harry have got on a plane and flown to see me to ask for her hand?”
Sources claimed that Meghan cut all ties with her dad...
Sources said that “it’s a terribly sad situation but Meghan has made the very difficult decision that she doesn’t have an active relationship with her father anymore.”
“It’s obviously heartbreaking for her but she has to protect herself, her husband and her son.”
Meghan has also been branded a \"diva\" by numerous sources since she became royalty.
Reports came through that Meghan was extremely high-maintenance in the palace and servers who worked for her had reportedly even quit their jobs due to her behavior.
Of course, none of these reports are reliable, but they certainly made their way through newspapers around the world.
And, of course, there were reports of her supposed feuds with Kate Middleton...
It was reported that Meghan left Kate “in tears” after a strict bridesmaid fitting for Princess Charlotte.
But, despite many claims that the sisters-in-law are actually very close, tabloids in both the U.K and the U.S. like to state otherwise, saying that Kate is “fed up” of Meghan’s high-maintenance attitude.
Meghan\'s parenting style has also been criticized.
She was repeatedly mom-shamed after paparazzi snaps emerged of her “awkwardly” holding baby Archie – a struggle that any new mom can totally relate to.
Shaming a new parent is completely uncalled for, and this made it very obvious that the press were desperate to stir hate.
Meghan\'s eventful life was something that the papers simply loved to pick apart...
And it seemed that British tabloid paper, The Mail on Sunday, took things a step too far when they published an intimate and private letter that Meghan wrote to her father earlier this year.
The Duke and Duchess had no choice but to take legal action against publishers of the Daily Mail...
This decision came as Prince Harry made a highly personal attack on the British tabloid press over the treatment of his wife, saying that he could “no longer be a silent witness to her private suffering.”
And, following on from the tabloid scandal, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a shocking announcement in January.
The royal couple announced via their joint Instagram page that they were stepping down as senior members of the royal family.
“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. 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,” the post read.
The couple will now split their time between North America and the UK.
“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.
“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.”
This is a huge deal.
And, obviously, their decision has shaken things up.
“We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties.”
Apparently, the pair didn\'t tell anyone about the news, instead opting to break it through Instagram.
According to the BBC, no other senior members of the Royal Family were consulted – including the Queen – and Buckingham Palace is “disappointed.”
The report also claims that senior royals are said to be “hurt” by the controversial announcement.
But can they really blame Meghan and Harry for making this decision?
The couple, especially Meghan, have received an unbelievable amount of negative press and comments over the years – which is enough to drive anyone mad.
The couple have now moved to LA with their son, Archie.
Making it across the border mere hours before it closed, Meghan and Harry are reportedly riding out the pandemic in a secluded compound in Malibu.
And it is doing them the world of good.
Because it turns out that Meghan struggled a lot more than we realized.
Meghan is reportedly happy to be away from the vicious reporters back in the U.K.
According to the magazine’s sources, the attention got so bad that Meghan actually feared going outside because she didn’t want to do anything to attract even more negative press.
It is truly devastating to hear what Meghan went through...
They said she “felt trapped and claustrophobic” and suffered from panic attacks because of all the stress.
But thanks to the couple\'s decision, things have changed for the better.
“Meghan’s thrilled to have escaped the chaos of London. She feels like a new person,” the source said.
“On top of not being hounded by the British press 24/7, Meghan reportedly likes that she doesn’t have to worry about following outdated royal protocol anymore.”
She can now live a normal life.
“Meghan can go out in yoga pants and not be criticized for not following a dress code. She feels more relaxed and loves walking around fresh-faced with barely any makeup on.”
And her new lease of life means that, with Harry by her side, she can focus on the things close to her heart.
Meghan and Harry, who have always been keen philanthropists, have revealed their plans to launch a new non-profit foundation, Archewell.
The couple have always wanted to do work that matters.
From working on documentaries to doing crucial charity work, the couple plan on spreading some further goodness in the world.
We know they\'re dedicated to many different causes.
But there has been one particular one that stands out amongst the rest.
Their work in Africa.
Both Meghan and Harry have been conducting lots of work throughout the continent. For Harry in particular though, Africa was the place he, his brother William and their father Prince Charles went to after their mother tragically passed away, so it holds a special place in his heart.
And then back in 2017 Meghan and Harry took their first trip there together to aid Elephants Without Borders.
Their work with the charity organization that helps to protect elephants from being poached and killed for their ivory tusks was crucial in protecting wildlife throughout the continent.
So this news has devastated them both immensely.
It was recently revealed that more than 360 elephants have died from mysterious causes in Botswana.
According to multiple reports, hundreds of elephant carcasses were found.
The Botswana government is running some tests on the dead elephants in order to determine what the cause was.
The news comes after the country decided to lift the ban on hunting elephants.
In a shocking overturn, the law was abolished yet again after being put in place by the former president, Ian Khama. This was because the number of animals became unmanageable in some areas of the country.
We hope Meghan and Harry can both come back from this news stronger than ever...
And continue their fight in ending the hunting and killing of wild animals.
Keep scrolling to see the video of Prince Harry’s heartwarming speech on his late mother’s 59th birthday…
Princess Diana has left a mark on the world.
Even though she died in a tragic accident back in 1997, her legacy lives on through her sons.
Diana Frances Spencer was born on the first of July, 1961.
She lived her formative years on the beautiful Sandringham Estate, a property her family actually rented from the royals.
She was a member of the aristocracy but still had a fairly normal childhood.
She was often described as shy and kind and was more creative than academically intelligent. She worked a range of fairly regular jobs in her youth, including working at a preschool.
As a teenager, Diana struggled to find her place in the world.
She lived in London and worked a series of fairly low-paying jobs – although her mom did buy her a flat of her own for her eighteenth birthday, so she wasn’t doing too badly.
But, in 1977, Diana met Prince Charles.
A little known fact about the pair’s relationship is that, before dating Diana, Charles had actually been dating her big sister, Sarah.
Diana and Charles’s relationship was pretty formal, with her reportedly calling him “sir” throughout their courtship.
Nonetheless, things moved pretty fast.
After meeting only twelve times, Charles proposed to Diana. The pair announced their engagement in February 1981. During the broadcast, many remember Charles being oddly reluctant to say he was in love with Diana.
They married on 29th July 1981 at St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the wedding was watched by over 750 million people around the world, including Diana’s three-and-a-half-minute walk down the aisle.
Soon after, the pair welcomed a baby into the world.
The two announced their pregnancy just four months after tying the knot, and, on June 21st of 1982, they welcomed Prince William into the world.
Soon after, Diana fell pregnant again.
Prince Harry was born on 15th September 1984.
However, although they were keeping up appearances, all wasn’t quite so sunny in the relationship between Charles and Diana.
In spite of their marital difficulties, though ...
One thing Diana was absolutely dedicated to was being a mother. She had strong ideas about how she wanted her kids to be raised, often giving them more freedom than traditional royal heirs.
Diana was also known for her extensive charity work.
She was determined to use her massive platform to better the world and dedicated her life to many noble causes, including the land mine crisis.
She also made world news when she shook hands with an AIDS sufferer.
Unlike the typical Royal wife, Diana was dead set on doing work for herself and for the betterment of the world, earning her the nickname “The People’s Princess.”
Her independence was likely a factor in the breakdown of her marriage with Charles.
On top of Diana’s refusal to sacrifice her identity for the sake of her title, she and Charles also had a thirteen year age gap, which seemingly started to become a problem.
Charles was also in a long-standing affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles, even wearing cufflinks she bought him on his honeymoon with Diana.
Charles and Diana eventually split in 1996...
And, by 1997, Diana was dating business mogul and son of Harrods owner, Dodi Fayed.
Many speculated that the relationship was controversial to the Royal family due to the fact that Fayed was a Muslim.
But on 31 August 1997, tragedy struck the pair.
The car that the two were traveling in through the Pont L’Alma tunnel in Paris suffered a horrendous crash, which was fatal for both Diana and Dodi, plus their driver, Henri Paul.
Diana was taken to the nearby Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
The exact cause of the crash has long been up for debate, with some questioning the sobriety of the driver, and others blaming the irresponsible driving of paparazzi photographers.
Diana\'s death was mourned around the world.
The totally unexpected nature of her passing, alongside the fact that she was such a well-liked public figure, made her death and funeral into something of a media circus.
Diana\'s funeral was televised and held on September 6th of 1997.
It garnered viewing figures of over thirty-two million in the U.K, breaking all viewing records up to that point. Millions more watched around the world.
It seemed almost like a double tragedy...
Because, alongside the world losing a real force for good, 2 young boys were left without their mother.
Over the years, as the boys have grown into men, William and Harry have ensured Diana\'s memory hasn\'t been forgotten...
And they regularly speak fondly of their late mom, who would have now been a grandma to 4 grandchildren.
And in harmonious timing, Harry also delivered a speech a few days later honoring his mom.
The former royal appeared on behalf of him and his brother, Prince William, to talk about the Diana Award on what would have been her 59th birthday. This year, the ceremony will be held via virtual means.
The Diana Award was set up in honor of Her Royal Highness after her untimely death.
And helps to express gratitude to those people who are going above and beyond to make sure their country continues to thrive, even during these difficult times.
Harry started off by talking about the importance of the award:
“I am so incredibly proud to be part of these awards as they honour the legacy of my mother and bring out the very best in people like you.”
“You are all doing such incredible work and at a time of great uncertainty, you have found the power and inspiration inside of you to make a positive mark on the world, and I love that The Diana Award is able to help you do it.”
\"I know that my mother has been an inspiration to many of you and I can assure you she would have been fighting your corner.\"
“Right now, we’re seeing situations around the world where division, isolation, and anger are dominating as pain and trauma come to the surface. But I see the greatest hope in people like you and I’m confident about the world’s future and its ability to heal because it is in your hands.”
His heartwarming speech comes after the world has been going through difficult times.
From the global pandemic to the issue of systemic racism riddled within our societies, it has been an exhausting time for us all but especially those who are victim to these horrible events.
It\'s safe to say we could all do with a bit of guidance right now.
Let’s just hope things get better very soon.
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