Daily Mail: Meghan Markle Believes Queen Was Pressured to Make Demands about Name Change Because Harry Is Her Favorite
Meghan Markle expressed her frustration over the unfair treatment she felt she and Prince Harry have gotten from the royal family since stepping down as senior members.
Meghan told her close friends that she sees things such as removing their royal titles, banning them from using the word "royal" in their branding, and putting their departure under a one-year review is "payback" for seeking independence outside of the monarchy.
"While there is precedent for other titled members of the Royal Family to seek employment outside of the institution, for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, a 12-month review period has been put in place."
Meghan's friend said the Duchess felt she had no other choice but to make a public statement to make their intentions known. Commenting on how people perceived their statement to be hostile in its tone, her friend explained:
"[Meghan] said if anyone should feel insulted, it should be them. They never intended to capitalize on the word royal, and to insinuate they were somehow abusing their privileges is absurd."
The friend made it clear that Meghan and Harry intended to rise above all the "jealousy and pettiness" by focusing only on the positive things they are doing and being great parents to their son Archie, her friend added:
"[Meghan] said she will continue to champion Harry because out of everyone, he has the most integrity and the most loyalty."
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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
According to TMZ, adding his opinion to the ongoing drama with the royal family, Meghan's estranged father, Thomas Markle said the couple "don't have a right to speak to the Queen the way they've spoken to her."
However, he admitted that he isn't surprised by her actions because he feels she disrespected her own family publically when she cut all ties with them.
With their final engagements ahead of them in the coming weeks, Meghan and Harry will formally step down on March 31.
BBC reported, as they will no longer be senior members of the royal family, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who have been providing their security since November 2019, when the moved to Canada, has announced the couple's status change means they will cease those duties.