It has been a year since Meghan and Harry left the Royal Family for a private life in what was quickly dubbed 'Megxit'. While privacy appeared to be the driving factor - the pair had been the focal point of intense public scrutiny for months - others pointed towards their future role in the Firm, or lack thereof. Reports surfaced of the family's plans to push the pair out of the inner circle as part of a "slimming down" programme.
Whatever the reason, the couple moved to Canada, shortly after travelling south to the US to put down roots in California, where many of Meghan's friends and family lived.
A number of people at the time drew parallels between Harry's move and King Edward VIII’s 1936 abdication.
The King decided to leave his post to marry the American socialite divorcée Wallis Simpson.
Harry's father, Prince Charles, grew up in the shadow of the abdication and saw the effect it had on his mother, the Queen, and grandmother.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
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Lord Louis Mountbatten, Charles' "honorary grandfather" and mentor, even berated him about his perceived similarities to Edward VIII when the young Prince of Wales was careless about how his plans would impact household staff - a charge that has also been levelled at Harry and Meghan.
Speaking on podcast Pod Save the Queen ahead of the move, the Daily Mirror’s royal editor Russell Myers explained that concerns at the Palace were beginning to surface surrounding Harry and Meghan’s exit strategy.
He said there were worries it had not been fully planned out, with the couple not having taken royal household staff into consideration.
Mr Myers said: “The Sussexes just didn’t think about anyone but themselves.
“Certainly that is the feeling in some quarters inside the Palace."
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He added that the Sussexes' plans "[were] described to me as ill-thought-out and haphazard".Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
He commented: "That is a pretty damning indictment of the plans that they had.