Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, will officially step back as senior members of the Royal Family in the Spring. But for 35 years, Prince Harry has been an integral member of the Firm, so why is he so “desperate” for his son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, to be raised away from “all the pomp and royalty” which he experienced?
Prince Harry and Meghan sent shockwaves around the globe earlier this month when they revealed their intention to step back from the Royal Family.
The couple shared the bombshell news in an Instagram post on January 8, a day before Kate, Duchess of Cambridge’s birthday.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s news was said to “deeply hurt” the Royal Family.
But after royal crisis talks at Sandringham with the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry, the Queen released a statement of support for the couple.
However, she did say that she would have “preferred” for them to continue on in their current capacity.
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Megxit reason: Prince Harry and Meghan will step down from royal duties in Spring (Image: GETTY)
Megxit reason: The Sussex family in South Africa together (Image: GETTY)
Negotiations about the so-called Megxit process was decided over the following and last weekend Buckingham Palace shared a statement about the conditions by which Harry and Meghan will leave royal life.
From Spring 2020, they will no longer use their HRH titles, undertake royal duties or receive any public funds for their work.
Speaking after these conditions had been revealed, Prince Harry shared some background about why he and wife Meghan made the shocking move.
During a private reception in central London for charity Sentebale, Prince Harry said he is “taking a leap of faith” in stepping back, adding that he felt “there really was no other option”.
Harry also said he had found “the love and happiness” he had always wanted with Meghan and they were “not walking away”.
The Duke of Sussex added the decision had brought him “great sadness that it has come to this”.
Megxit reason: The family together for the first time (Image: GETTY)
Megxit reason: Prince Harry said the decision brought him 'great sadness' (Image: GETTY)
However, primatologist Jane Goodall has this week suggested Prince Harry and Meghan’s decision to walk away from royal life was unsurprising.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Dr Goodall said: “Well it doesn’t surprise me, having met them both.”
She added: “I know that Prince Harry really felt