Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s exit from Royal life left everyone reeling: did the acclaimed Netflix original show The Crown play a part in their decision?
Prince Harry had always been the royal who wouldn’t toe the line. Cute as he was, he lacked the discipline for which his brother was famous. It was as if the younger Prince was looking for the freedom his mother, Princess Diana, had strived for when she was alive. What a marvel she was. Looks like her grace ended up with Prince William and her crackling persona went to Prince Harry; with an even distribution of looks and charisma. And now when you look at both of them, all grown up with their own families, there is a hint of that time gone by, the effervescence of their mother.
- Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s love story was straight out of the stars.
- The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were married in a beautiful ceremony.
- Thus, Meghan and Harry’s exit from the royal family was no less than a complete shock to the fans.
- Was Harry and Meghan’s exit inspired in part by the hit television show ‘The Crown’?
When she entered the Kingdom as the young and shy bride of Prince Charles, Diana wasn’t much of a royal per se. Prince William married Kate Middleton who exuded the royal grace perfectly. In contrast, Prince Harry’s choice Meghan Markle came across as too eccentric for the royal demeanor. Harry’s decision to wed Meghan outraged the conservative fans of the royal family. Meghan Markle was an American commoner. Older than Harry and marrying for the second time. She wasn’t even white.
How could a non-royal American actress fit in with the rules of the hierarchy? But love can’t be tamed, royal, or not. And so, on May 19, 2018, the two exchanged their vows, amidst friends, family, and millions of mesmerized people around the world.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: The Royal Exit
However, happily ever after(s) seldom happen. In Kensington Palace, Harry and Meghan were not comfortable with the tabloid scrutiny. Media was always critical of Meghan’s moves, that were more human than royal. It is suggested to have reminded Prince Harry of the similar pressure that led to his mother’s depression. Eventually, the differences became unbearable. The royals gave up their titles and stepped down from their position. With their little son Archie in tow, Harry and Meghan turned a new leaf in their lives, one without the burdens of royalty.
This was the heartbroken boy who had walked behind his mother’s coffin. He was the prince England had cherished. The same son who did not want the fate that claimed his mother’s life prematurely, to befall his wife. However, one can’t help but wonder. Was Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s exit from the royal family inspired, in part, by the television show ‘The Crown.’
The Crown: Digging deep into the royal secrets
The historical drama series, ‘The Crown,’ debuted in the year 2016, promising an unapologetic glimpse into the moments leading up to the crowning of the current Queen Elizabeth II. So far, it has been quite successful with its three seasons building the narrative up compellingly yet gracefully, just like a royal drama should.
‘The Crown’ is surely a treat for anyone who is willing to take a closer look at what lies beyond the palace walls.
The fans are eagerly awaiting the fourth and penultimate season in the series, set during the Margaret Thatcher years and will introduce Princess Diana and a young Harry and William. Prince Harry, during an interview, said that he would “put an end to the series” before it goes long enough to meddle into his adult life. However, he later clarified that he meant it as a joke.
Watch: Why we won’t see Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on The Crown
This gets us wondering. Was the Prince closely following the drama that traced his history? Did he know that the next season would be covering the life and death of his beloved mother who fell prey to the pressure of being a royal? Would it cover how Princess Diana’s condition deteriorated mentally before her ultimate and much controversial demise in 1997?
Was ‘The Crown’ a catalyst in Harry and Meghan’s royal exit?
For any child, reliving a parent’s demise is traumatic. Prince Harry, no matter how spoilt the media made him look, remained popular among the royal fans. This was because he was still the forlorn and heartbroken kid who walked behind his mother’s coffin as the world shed tears. This was the boy who publicly admitted how his mother’s death affected him for a long time, and how he had to seek counseling to cope with it.
The English media was already treating Meghan harshly. The tabloids massacred everything – from her code of conduct and her dresses, to the slightest Americanism she displayed. Rumors of her throwing tantrums and not getting along with anyone in the royal family floated around with no basis. Meanwhile, Meghan kept silent and away from social media due to the royal title.
Watch: The battle between UK tabloids and Meghan Markle
One can say that Harry could see history almost repeating itself, with Meghan falling into the same hysterical spiral of trauma which claimed his mother.
The Crown: Princess Diana’s entry and Harry’s troubled memories
Given the series would end with the Queen’s reign in the early 21st century, it is inevitable that Diana’s demise would be a part of the narrative. It is no small subject to be trivialized or glossed over. Even with the fact that the royal politics and intrinsic details of the inner proceedings are dramatized and somewhat fictional in the show. But the question remains whether ‘The Crown’ played a part in the whole saga?
We can only speculate that The Crown accelerated the Duke and Duchess’ exit.
Currently, the former Duke and Duchess are currently located in the US. And from the looks of it, the two seem much more casual and carefree than they were while living as royals. In fact, on the occasion of little Archie’s first birthday, Meghan Markle released a charity video of her reading a story to him while he participated with whatever noises he could make. Our hearts simply warmed at the sight of them. Take a look: