MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry decided to step back from their royal roles after months of struggling in the spotlight. One royal expert has claimed “Harry’s former girlfriends couldn’t cope with the pressure of the limelight, but we thought Meghan could”
Meghan Markle, 38, had relative fame as an actress when she married Prince Harry in 2018. Many believed her Hollywood background made her well-equipped for the pressures of royal life and able to cope with the scrutiny her position would attract. However, less than two years on from their wedding day the couple decided to relinquish their royal status in pursuit of a “more peaceful life.”
One royal commentator has claimed Meghan was not alone in struggling in the royal spotlight and that Harry’s former girlfriends “couldn’t cope with the pressure of the limelight” either.
According to royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams, Meghan was a huge asset to the Royal Family and is in many ways “an ideal partner for Prince Harry.”
And while Prince Harry’s former girlfriends had struggled, Meghan was expected to thrive.
Harry’s ex Cressida Bonus is understood to have broken up with him after she was “spooked” having seen coverage of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s first royal tour with their oldest son, Prince George.
Prince Harry girlfriends: ‘Harry’s girlfriends couldn’t cope in royal spotlight, not even Meghan Mar (Image: GETTY)
Prince Harry girlfriends: Harry and Meghan’s wedding was a symbol of hope (Image: GETTY)
Royal biographer Katie Nicholl wrote: “Cressida had been ‘completely spooked’ while watching TV coverage of William, Kate and George touring New Zealand and Australia that spring.
“There was no way she wanted that sort of attention and she told Harry so.”
A similar thing is reported to have happened with Harry’s first love Chelsy Davy who called it off with the prince because “she valued her privacy” and felt “it could never have worked.”
According to royal biographer, Angela Levin Chelsy felt she had made the right decision breaking up with Harry after she attended Prince William and Kate’s royal wedding in 2011.
Prince Harry girlfriends: Harry and Cressida Bonas (Image: GETTY)
Prince Harry girlfriends: Harry and Chelsy Davy (Image: GETTY)
Ms Levin wrote: “A friend revealed that seeing the enormity and pomp of the day convinced Chelsy that she and Harry had been right to separate.
“Although they had a lot in common, she saw clearly that because they came from such different worlds it could never have worked, especially as she valued her privacy and guarded it so carefully.”
Many believed Meghan would cope with the pressure when Harry’s exes hadn’t, Mr Fitzwilliams said.
He said: “What could have been was graphically illustrated in the success of their official visit to South Africa until the end.
“They were superb in networking crowds.
“They have a huge global profile, their marriage was proof the monarchy was far more contemporary and they would, we thought, be part of its ‘inner core’ in the future.”
However, the couple’s ultimate decision to step away from the royal bubble suggests the pressure was too much, even for Meghan.
Mr Fitzwilliams said the time of Megxit was a ”time of sadness”, adding while “former girlfriends couldn’t cope with the pressure of the limelight, we thought Meghan could”.
During their tour of South Africa last autumn, Meghan spoke out about how tough she was finding things in an ITV documentary.
She told journalist Tom Bradby: “You have no idea. It’s really hard to understand what it’s like.
“I know what it seems like it should be. It’s a very different thing. That’s okay.
“The good thing is I’ve got my baby and I’ve got my husband and they’re the best.”
She added: ”I’ve said for a long time to H – that’s what I call him – it’s not enough to just survive something.
“That’s not the point of life. You’ve got to thrive. You’ve got to feel happy.”
“I think I really tried to adopt this British sensibility of a stiff upper lip. I tried. I really tried.”
“But I think that what that does internally is probably really damaging.”
Prince Harry girlfriends: Meghan and Harry will cease to be working royals from March 31 (Image: GETTY)
In the same documentary, Harry opened up about his mental health and described his mum’s death as a “wound that festers.”
Prince Harry said: “I thought I was out of the woods and then suddenly it all came back and I suddenly realised, no, actually this is something that I have to manage.”
As the couple prepare to leave their senior royal roles on March 31, Mr Fitzwilliams suggested the British public may wish to reflect on what it’s lost.
He added: “As they achieve their independence, at a considerable cost, we might also reflect on what we’ve lost.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK