Meghan Markle flees the United Kingdom after stashing Archie in Canada

Joanna Estrada
January 14, 2020

Neither monarch nor her heir - Harry's father and heir to the throne - had been consulted on the announcement, made on Instagram.

They were in touch with the senior members of the royal family, the queen, the Prince of Wales, and the Duke of Cambridge and this idea of a transition of a change to their roles of them stepping back as senior royals was something that was being discussed, but this was very early-stage discussions. I care about both of them and support any decision they make for their family. She attended the couple's 2018 wedding and is working with Harry on a mental health series for Apple TV+ that will be released later this year.

ITV's Tom Bradby famously asked if the Duchess of Sussex was "not okay" in the documentary Harry And Meghan: An African Journey.

The newspaper also says their decision to step away from royal duties and become financially independent was also partly triggered by the Queen's Christmas message not featuring any photos of the couple on her desk.

"Oh my God! I'm so proud of her decisions", Winfrey marveled to ET. "As I said at the beginning of all this, there wasn't really a "Markle family rift" and we have all felt very ghosted' [by Meghan]".

Oprah made it very clear that she did not advise Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to abandon the royal family and their duties as part of this! "I'm just so proud of her".

A royal source told CNN Thursday that officials acting for the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William held talks about what to do about the announcement.

"No pressure, Tim Hortons, but you'll stop losing customers if you use that money for free lifetime coffee for Meghan and Harry to stop nickel and diming your employees into a strike over 10 cents an hour", said a Twitter user with the handle "Oooh, Canada!"

The royal source told CNN that a plan is being worked on that would redefine the couple's role while satisfying the palace and to see if there is a way to accommodate the couple's desire to pursue private income. And certainly the rest of the family find Harry and Meghan very hard and, from Harry and Meghan's point of view, they're just being driven out as they see it.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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