Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced in January they planned to step back from the royal careers to establish themselves independentently from the Royal Family. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex insisted they had wanted to continue working on behalf of the Queen but on a scaled down capacity so that they could pursue new activities away from royal life. But author Omid Scobie suggested the monarchy “turned their back” on Meghan and Harry because of an inability to accept substantial “change.”
Speaking to the BBC Today programme, Mr Scobie said: “I think the reaction to what happened earlier this year towards the Sussexes has been almost unfair, in a way.
“This is a couple that clearly tried their best to make it work. They even went as far as presenting a potential roadmap to how they would navigate their roles moving forward.
“Ultimately, it was the institution that turned its back on them and told them what they had presented just wasn’t an option.”
He added: “This was a couple that really wanted to make it work but, ultimately, the set up of the royal institution just isn’t built for change on that dramatic a level.”
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Mr Scobie is the co-author of the upcoming biography ‘Finding Freedom’ focused on the relationship of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex up until their departure from the Royal Family.
Carolyn Durand, the other author of the biography, insisted Harry and Meghan’s departure is not a “failure” but something that is right for their family at the moment.
Ms Durand said: “I think that the decision that the Duke and Duchess made was really in the interest of their family.
“They wanted more privacy, they wanted to step back, put Archie first. It was the right decision for this point in their lives and Her Majesty has already said they are welcome back at any time.
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Ms Durand added: “Harry is, of course, a distinguished military hero, he had enormous humanitarian legacy. I don’t see any of this as an individual failure.”
Following talks with the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William, the Duke of Sussex agreed to a one-year trial period to test out the waters outside of the Royal Family.
Harry and Meghan set up new headquarters in Los Angeles, where they offered their help and support to the local community throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were also supposed to launch their new non-profit organisation Archwell during the spring but were forced to postpone the plans until 2021.