Queen ‘dreaded Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s departure’ for precedent it sets

Meghan and Harry: Exit was a 'significant event' says expert

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Valentine Low, The Times royal correspondent told the BBC’s new “Harry, Meghan and the Media” podcast that the departure was a “significant” moment for The Queen and one of the most turbulent moments in the Royal Family’s history.

He told the show how the event was unlike anything else witnessed inside the walls of Buckingham Palace and was a different issue to the legal challenges faced by Prince Andrew.

Mr Low said: “Megxit comes along and that is an entirely different kettle of fish.

“Because it is the first time, since the abdication [of Edward VIII], that a member of the royal Family said actually, I don’t want this anymore.

“I want out of the whole institution.”

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He stressed how, for The Queen, senior royals and the royal household, Megxit “was a very significant event”.

The royal expert stressed the significance of the Sussexes exit lay in fact that it “could have opened up” the possibility that, in the future, other members of The Firm opt to quit as well.

He stressed this was a precedent that the Queen was very concerned about.

Mr Low went on to suggest that this could come in the form of Royal’s simply saying they want to “sign out” of “this world of privilege”.

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He added how “scrutiny” from the press and British public could also be a driver in sparking an exodus from the Monarchy, inspired by Prince Harry and wife Meghan’s overt criticism of that area.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex left the United Kingdom for Canada in 2020 before moving to Montecito, California.

They reside in a nine-bedroom, 16-bathroom mansion  worth an eye watering  £11 million in the area which they share with their two children, Archie, two, and Lilibet, seven months.

Since leaving The Firm the pair have embarked on an array of commercial and charitable projects.

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Prince Harry has continued his work with injured armed forces veterans on his Invictus Games sports competition.

But he has also taken a job as ‘chief impact officer’ at BetterUp, a California coaching and mental health start-up business.

While Meghan has written picture book ‘The Bench’, is producing a Netflix series called ‘Pearl’ as well as signed a contract to produce a Spotify podcast series for the pair’s audio company ‘Archewell’.

The Duchess has also made inroads into into US politics when she wrote a letter to Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the House of Representatives, demanding full pay for those on parental leave.

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