Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Decision to Step Back From Royal Family Was 'a Matter of Life and Death' | 22 Words

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are in the midst of a complete media firestorm.

Since their shock announcement, in which they declared they were stepping down as senior members of the royal family, the couple has been hitting the headlines non-stop.

And now, the couple's decision to step back from the royal family has emerged to be a lot more serious than we expected.

Keep scrolling to find out more...

 

Meghan and Harry have become one of the most famous couples in the world.

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Headlines were made all over the world when the British Royal Family's Prince Harry announced his romance with the Suits actress, Meghan Markle.

It all started with a blind date...

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The couple met back in 2016 when they were set up by a mutual friend who thought the two would hit it off.

And their friend's hunch was apparently right...

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Because the pair hit it off, and they immediately arranged to see each other again, eventually going on to have 2 more dates in London.

And, in 2017, after a couple of months of privacy...

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The pair officially went public with their relationship.

Meghan was instantly catapulted into the royal spotlight.

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Though she was already pretty well known for her role as Rachel Zane in Suits, the California-born actress was thrown into levels of fame that she had never experienced before.

The world quickly became Meghan and Harry obsessed.

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And people were delighted to hear the news of their engagement later that year.

And, not ones to waste any time...

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The couple officially tied the knot in May 2018.

The ceremony was simply stunning.

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The royals aren't ones to hold back, are they? Harry and Meghan wed in a lavish ceremony at Windsor Castle, which became one of the most-watched televised events of all time.

Meghan radiated with happiness on her big day...

She looked simply beautiful.

And, not long after the wedding, the newly appointed Duke and Duchess of Sussex had some more exciting news...

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They were expecting! On October 15th, 2018, the couple announced their pregnancy.

And, on May 6th, 2019...

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Archie Mountbatten-Windsor was welcomed into the world.

They make for the cutest little family.

But things haven't been as rosy and smooth-sailing as they have been appearing.

Meghan hasn't had the easiest time...

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Joining the British royal family was never going to be an easy transition, given that a person has to give up their entire life in order to be a part of the monarchy. But Meghan's experience has been especially difficult.

Many dedicated royalists weren't happy to see an American woman of colour in the monarchy...

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And many attacked the Duchess, slamming her as "fake," with some going as far as accusing her of breaking up the royal family entirely.

She has also been relentlessly attacked by the press...

To the point where Kensington Palace was forced to issue a statement, pleading for the press and the public alike to take a step back when it comes to their scathing reporting and bombardment of Meghan.

But, this year, the couple have seemingly had enough of the harassment and the criticism...

Because they have announced that they will be officially stepping down as senior members of the royal family.

They made the announcement on their joint Instagram page, Sussex Royal.

“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen," the post read.

The couple plan on providing a more "normal" upbringing for Archie...

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And have announced that they will be splitting their time between the U.K and North America. “This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity," they wrote.

This is huge news.

And has bound to have ruffled a couple of feathers in Buckingham Palace.

But what exactly have the other royals had to say about their controversial decision?

The Queen released a statement, which read, “My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family. Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family."

But behind closed doors...

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Matters have reportedly been far from smooth sailing.

In fact, reports surfaced that senior royals were left “hurt" by the shock announcement that was made "without warning."

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And of course, the news has sparked a whole new wave of criticism to head Meghan's way.

A family friend has made some shocking claims this week...

Amid accusations that the couple didn't tell other senior royals of their plans to step back, the source told PEOPLE that the Sussexes felt they had "no choice" but to handle things the way they have.

The source went on to say that there's so much "bad blood" in the family...

"This is not how they wanted to handle this, but Meghan and Harry’s hand was forced," the family friend explained. “There is so much bad blood in that family — it’s toxic."

But what many people have failed to take into consideration...

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Is how hard this whole experience must have been for Meghan - a new mother.

It turns out that Meghan's decision to step down from the royal family was a matter of "life and death".

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According to a friend, Meghan has been struggling immensely under the pressures of royal life, despite holding a brave face in front of the press.

She has no longer been herself...

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Speaking to MailOnline, the anonymous friend said, "She told her inner circle of friends that her soul was being crushed and that the decision to leave was a matter of life or death - meaning the death of her spirit."

Meghan needed to put her son first...

"She also felt like she couldn't be the best mother to Archie if she wasn't being her true, authentic self," her friend went on to say. "She felt like it was a toxic environment for him because there was too much tension and pent-up frustrations."

The couple are about to embark on a whole new chapter of their lives...

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And let's hope that this change will be what Meghan needs to focus on herself and her family.