‘Meghan opened his eyes’: How Prince Harry distanced himself from the Royal family

In early 2020, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their decision to distance themselves from the British royal family. According to Pierrick Geais, author of Prince William, the real life of a future king, which is published this Wednesday, May 11, editions of the Rocher, this desire for independence was slumbering in Prince Harry for years. His wife would have been only the trigger…

It is an announcement that has caused a cataclysm across the Channel. In January 2020, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their intention to give up their status in the British Royal family, preferring to be financially independent. As soon as revealed, the news had the effect of a bomb, not only within the monarchy, but also among the British. The departure of the brother of Prince William and his wife quickly made the headlines in the press, which began to talk about “Megxit“, referring to the Brexit. Some media, like the Times, immediately portrayed the former American actress as a “capricious” starlet, suggesting that she was leading her husband by the hand and that he was not entirely free of his choices. But for Pierrick Geais, author of the book Prince William, the real life of a future king, published this Wednesday, May 11, the desires of independence of Prince Harry could not be more predictable.

As for Elizabeth II and his sister Margaret before them, the youngest son of Charles and Diana has often been relegated to the background, leaving all the light to his elder son, promised to a royal destiny. “It was a bit of an unspoken contract between the two brothers. In any case, that’s how Buckingham Palace has always managed things. It was important not to tarnish the image of the eldest, future king. So everything fell on Prince Harry, who was there to wipe the slate clean,” analyzed Pierrick Geais to Gala.fr. “The youngest, after a certain time, has difficulty in digesting this place. Sometimes, there is a kind of rebellion. We see it with Prince Harry, who had promised William to be there until the end to assist him, to be there when he would be king, and he left…” According to the journalist of Vanity Fair, Meghan Markle is therefore not the only one responsible for this fracture. On the contrary. “I think he needed Meghan to realize all this. She kind of opened his eyes. At one point in his life, Prince Harry needed a break from the Firm, which just goes to show that the royal family is also a business. It’s pretty special…”

This “misogynistic” treatment that Meghan Markle has been subjected to

For Pierrick Geais, the couple has also been the subject of a “misogynistic” treatment at the time of the “Megxit“: “I think there has been a bit of misogyny to always defer everything on Meghan. I do not think it was her decision alone, “observed the author of Prince William: the real life of a future king (Ed. Rocher). And to continue: “I would say rather that she helped Prince Harry to realize some things he wanted. In my opinion, deep down, Prince Harry had wanted to break away from this family unit for a very long time.”

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