MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry’s decision to step down as senior royals was announced following several unhappy months in the spotlight. A friend of the Duchess has claimed to know the heartbreaking reason Meghan felt she “had to escape” royal life.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s withdrawal from their royal roles was announced without warning but the decision itself was not a huge surprise. After the couple admitted they were struggling in autumn, it seemed only a matter of time before they stepped down entirely. Now a friend of Meghan’s has told the Daily Mail the Duchess’s escape from her “soul-crushing” royal role was “a matter of life or death.”
A friend told DailyMail.com: “Meghan felt she had to escape because living within the royal confines was soul-crushing.
The friend added: “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.”
According to the pal, Meghan feared for Archie’s future as she felt “she couldn’t be the best mother” while living in “the royal family confines.”
They said: “She also felt like she couldn’t be the best mother to Archie if she wasn’t being her true, authentic self.
“Something she felt she couldn’t be in the royal family confines.”
Meghan Markle shock: The real reason Meghan ‘had to escape TOXIC royal life’ (Image: GETTY)
Meghan Markle shock: The couple first expressed their unhappiness with royal life in South Africa (Image: GETTY)
They added: “She said she didn’t want Archie picking up on her stress and anxiety.”
The friend claimed Meghan felt the environment was “toxic” for her young son due to “tension and pent up frustrations.”
They said: “She felt like it was a toxic environment for him because there was too much tension and pent-up frustrations.”
According to the friend, now Meghan is in Canada she “has a lot up her sleeve that she wants to do.”
Meghan Markle shock: Meghan feared the “toxic” royal atmosphere would affect Archie (Image: GETY/Instagram)
Meghan Markle shock: Meghan seems more settled in Canada and visited women’s charities on Tuesday (Image: Twitter)
In the week following Meghan and Harry’s announcement, Meghan has wasted no time in scoping out new philanthropic projects.
The Duchess returned to Vancouver to be with baby Archie the day after she and Harry dropped a royal bombshell in Britain.
On Tuesday she was spotted out for the first time boarding a seaplane from Vancouver Island.
There she met with several women’s organisations including Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre for vulnerable women and children and Justice for Girls charity.
Following the visit in which Meghan was pictured looking and ease and sipping tea, Justice for Girls co-director Zoe Craig-Sparrow told BAZAAR.com: “We were very moved by the Duchess visiting us despite terrible weather conditions in Vancouver and her very recent arrival.
“We were struck by how engaged and informed she was on the issues we discussed, and how quickly and gracefully she put us at ease.”
Meghan’s friend told the DailyMail.com the Duchess has plenty planned in the coming months.
They said Meghan “will continue making surprise visits to different places that help women and children.
“She wants to feel embraced by her community, something she says she didn’t feel in the UK. She felt stifled and restricted.”
Meghan Markle shock: The Duchess is expected to work closely with women’s causes in the future (Image: Justice for Girls/AFP)
While Meghan has kept busy in Canada, Prince Harry has honoured obligations at home.
On Monday he attended crisis talks with the Queen, Prince William and Prince Charles at Sandringham.
On Thursday it was back to work for Harry as he hosted the Rugby World Cup 2021 draw at Buckingham Palace.
There is a question mark over whether Harry will continue as patron of the Rugby Football League (RFL) following his step back from his senior royal role.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK