People: Meghan & Harry Knew They Would Drop Royal Exit Bombshell after Welcoming Archie

Recent reports from royal sources suggest that Prince Harry and Meghan always knew they would release the shocking news of their exit ever since they welcomed Archie.

Since Prince Harry and Meghan dropped the bombshell news of their decision to step back as senior members of the royal family, many have wondered what influenced their choice.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend "The Lion King" European Premiere at Leicester Square on July 14, 2019 in London, England. | Photo: Getty Images

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend "The Lion King" European Premiere at Leicester Square on July 14, 2019 in London, England. | Photo: Getty Images

Well, according to insiders, the royals always knew they were going to step aside from royal duties from the moment they welcomed their son, Archie.

While speaking to PEOPLE, the source explained that although most fans expected Prince Harry and Prince William to work shoulder-to-shoulder in the future as they got older, that changed when Meghan and Archie came into the picture. 

Prince Harry and Meghan pose with their newborn son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle on May 8, 2019. | Photo: Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan pose with their newborn son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle on May 8, 2019. | Photo: Getty Images

The insider said:

“When Meghan came around, and she was interested in making changes, he welcomed it. When Archie was born, the couple’s focus shifted even more to “doing what’s right for their family.”

Prince Harry, Meghan, and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation during their royal tour of South Africa. | Photo: Getty Images

Prince Harry, Meghan, and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation during their royal tour of South Africa. | Photo: Getty Images

The Sussexes released a statement about their intent last week and explained that they want to “carve out a progressive new role within this institution.”

Another source close to the royal couple reiterated this fact during an interview with US Weekly, saying that Harry is hungry for a fresh start and also “desperate to get as far away from all the negativity.”

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“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA

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In their statement, the Sussexes disclosed that they would shuffle their time between the United Kingdom and North America. 

After the statement was released, the Queen reportedly summoned Prince Charles, Prince William, and Harry for an emergency meeting to discuss the change.

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After the summit, which lasted two-and-a-half hours, the monarch signed off on the decision and released a statement showing her support for her grandson and his family.

All of these revelations corroborate with what Harry’s close friend, J.J Chambers, disclosed during her appearance on “The One Show” in the U.K. As revealed by PEOPLE, Chalmers explained that Harry made the decision to step back to protect his family.

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This evening, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the annual #WellChildAwards in London. WellChild aims to ensure every child and young person living with serious health needs has the best chance to thrive with the support and medical care needed in the comfort of their own home. The Duke of Sussex became Patron of WellChild in 2007, and last year both The Duke and Duchess attended the awards to honour the children and families that WellChild supports. The Duke, who first came to these awards over a decade ago, shared in his remarks tonight: “Last year when my wife and I attended we knew we were expecting our first child - no one else did at the time, but we did - and I remember squeezing Meghan’s hand so tightly during the awards, both of us thinking what it would be like to be parents one day, and more so, what it would be like to do everything we could to protect and help our child should they be born with immediate challenges or become unwell over time.  And now, as parents, being here and speaking to all of you pulls at my heart strings in a way I could have never understood until I had a child of my own.” • To find out more about tonight’s event and how you can support this very special organisation, please visit @WellChild Photos ©️ PA images

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In his words:

He’s less the captain in the army I knew, and he’s more a father; that’s the first thing I ask him about. And I think the decision that he has made, at the forefront of that is to protect his family because that’s the number one rule is to be a father and to be a husband.”

Given that Prince Harry and Meghan have always clamored for giving Archie a normal childhood, it is no surprise they chose to do things this way.

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