Harry and Meghan have just returned from a six-week break away in Canada with their son Archie. This respite followed a difficult year for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. In October, they both confessed they had been struggling with life in the limelight in the eye-opening ITV documentary, ‘Harry and Meghan: An African Journey’, with Meghan in particular emphasising that she felt she was “existing” rather than living.
Some critics thought that Harry and Meghan were being too emotional, and believed the two of them should embrace the “stiff upper lip” mentality and stick to their duties.
However, the couples’ announcement tonight shows the two are keen to follow their own path and be independent – a trait Harry has shown from a young age.
In the 2018 biography, ‘Harry: Conversations with the Prince’, author Angela Levin explored how Harry had a knack for winning his relatives over and have his own way, and she claimed he was even “indulged” by them.
In 2007, the royal was desperate to fight on the frontline in Afghanistan. He had joined the military in 2005 and was enthusiastic to fulfil his lifelong dream as a soldier.
Prince Harry and the Queen (Image: Getty)
Meghan and Harry visited Canada House yesterday after their six-week break (Image: Getty)
However, the plan to deploy Harry to Iraq that year had to be pulled, after senior military officers thought his royal status would make him a huge target for the opposition and put other troops in jeopardy.
Ms Levin explained how this news made Harry contemplate quitting the army in frustration.
He said: “Well if I’m going to cause this much chaos to people then maybe I should just, well, bow out and not just for my own sake, for everyone else’s sake.”
Ms Levin pointed out that this was “a threat rather than a promise”, and led Harry’s commanding officer to suggest Harry deployment to Afghanistan instead.
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Harry was said to have been "indulged" by "top brass" when he asked to fight on the front line (Image: Getty)
However, the move put the the Queen in a dilemma as Afghanistan was still a dangerous warzone.