Daily Mail: Meghan Markle Is Relieved to Be Free of Royal Family Confines Where She Felt Her Soul Was Being Crushed

Meghan Markle is finally happy to have left the "toxic environment" in the royal family where her "soul was being crushed," a new report by Daily Mail claims. A close friend of the Duchess of Sussex reportedly shared the latest details.

The British royal family and members of the public are still reeling from Meghan and Prince Harry’s shocking announcement last week to step back as senior members of the institution. Now, it appears the decision was a long time coming.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle depart Canada House in London, England on January 7, 2020 | Photo: Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle depart Canada House in London, England on January 7, 2020 | Photo: Getty Images

According to Daily Mail, a close friend of Meghan’s said the former American actress felt she had to escape because living within the royal confines was soul-crushing. Also, she feels she can now "finally breathe."

Already there are speculations that she may never return to the UK, with rumors that she and Harry fired staff

"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," the close friend revealed, adding that Meghan also decided to leave for the sake of baby Archie.

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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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The friend continued:

"[Meghan] 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. She said she didn't want Archie picking up on her stress and anxiety. She felt like it was a toxic environment for him because there was too much tension and pent-up frustrations."

THE AFTERMATH

Following the announcement of their decision to step back as senior royals and work to become financially independent, Meghan has returned to Canada – where the Sussexes spent the holidays – to be with Archie.

Harry, on the other hand, stayed back to hold discussions with the Queen, his father Prince Charles, and his brother Prince William, on how their exit will be executed.

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‪This evening The Duke and Duchess of Sussex accompanied Her Majesty The Queen and members of @TheRoyalFamily to the annual @RoyalBritishLegion Festival of Remembrance. This special event, which has taken place every year since 1923 at the @RoyalAlbertHall, commemorates all those who have lost their lives in conflicts.‬ • ‪This year’s Festival marked the 75th anniversary of a number of crucial battles of 1944, with a particular emphasis on the collaboration and friendship of the British, Commonwealth and Allied armies who fought them. A unique tribute was given to acknowledge those involved both past and present, culminating in a special parade of some of the last surviving veterans who fought and served in 1944.‬ • ‪Their Royal Highnesses, who last year attended their first Festival of Remembrance together, were honoured to once again pay tribute to all casualties of war and remember those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.‬ ‪#FestivalOfRemembrance ‪#WeWillRememberThem‬ Photo © PA / Royal British Legion

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MOVING FORWARD

On Thursday, the father-of-one hosted the Rugby World Cup 2021 draw at Buckingham Palace, his first significant royal engagement since last Wednesday’s bombshell news. Per the outlet, Harry and his team continue to negotiate an abdication deal.

According to the Washington Examiner, Meghan hopes to follow in the footsteps of her friends, former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, imitating their "huge commercial success" without having to get her "hands dirty."

Queen Elizabeth II poses for a photo after she recorded her annual Christmas Day message, in the White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace | Photo: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II poses for a photo after she recorded her annual Christmas Day message, in the White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace | Photo: Getty Images

FEELING AT HOME

Since arriving in Canada, Meghan has wasted no time getting to work on charitable engagements. "Meghan 'has a lot up her sleeve that she wants to do," her friend assured Daily Mail.

On Tuesday, Meghan braved the country’s extremely cold weather conditions to make a surprise visit at the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre, a women and children’s shelter in Canada’s poorest neighborhood.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a service marking the centenary of WW1 armistice at Westminster Abbey | Photo: Getty Images

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a service marking the centenary of WW1 armistice at Westminster Abbey | Photo: Getty Images

CHARITY NEVER ENDS

Meghan also visited the Justice for Girls charity, where she was pictured sipping tea and holding discussions with those in charge. The charity’s co-director Zoe Craig-Sparrow was reportedly delighted to have the Duchess visit.

"The Duchess put everyone at ease and had a really engaged discussion with us for 90 minutes about our work and the rights of teenage girls who live in poverty," she said. "We were honored that she chose to have this conversation with us."

FUTURE PLANS

According to Meghan’s friend, this is only the beginning. The duchess will "continue making surprise visits to different places that help women and children" because she wants to "feel embraced by her community."

Meghan’s friend says she never felt embraced in the UK; "she felt stifled and restricted." Already there are speculations that she may never return to the UK, with rumors that she and Harry fired staff at their Frogmore Cottage residence.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the WellChild awards on Oct. 15, 2019 in London, England | Photo: Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the WellChild awards on Oct. 15, 2019 in London, England | Photo: Getty Images

A CNN report has, however, debunked claims of a massive sack. According to the outlet, a source close to Meghan and Harry says members of staff were only redeployed elsewhere around the estate as is the custom "in quiet periods."

While Meghan and Harry plan to split their time between Canada and the UK, they will live temporarily at Frogmore, which they renovated last year with about $3 million of British taxpayers’ money, CNN reported.

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