Telegraph: Meghan Markle Was Reportedly Not Only Prepared but Proud to Carry out Royal Duties

It’s been two dramatic years for Meghan Markle. The former actress has endured massive media scrutiny since she joined the royal family back in 2018, but it’s all about to end. 

Meghan and Prince Harry are getting set to exit the royal family later this month. A new report from The Daily Mail, however, is shedding light on what has been a “bittersweet ending.” As the report explained, the Duchess of Sussex teared up as she performed her last royal role.

Prince Harry and Meghan attend a Creative Industries and Business Reception on October 02, 2019, in Johannesburg, South Africa. | Photo: Getty Images.

Prince Harry and Meghan attend a Creative Industries and Business Reception on October 02, 2019, in Johannesburg, South Africa. | Photo: Getty Images.

Citing a report from The Telegraph columnist Bryony Gordon, the news source explained that the Duchess was devastated to be performing her last duties — especially since she was proud to join the royal family years ago. 

Town and Country Magazine reported that Meghan met with 22 scholars from the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) at the Buckingham Palace on Monday in an half-hour lunchtime meeting. Before she left for the Westminister Abbey for the Commonwealth Day service, however, she stayed behind to bid a tearful goodbye to her staff members. 

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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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As Gordon explained, the feeling at the Palace was a sad one. He added that despite the treatment she got, Meghan was always eager to be a member of the royal family and was even proud to be joining them. Sadly, things didn’t go as planned, and it all culminated in her and her husband leaving their royal duties behind. 

Harry has also had a bit of a challenging time.

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Having attended the 10th Annual One Young World opening ceremony on Tuesday, The Duchess of Sussex was joined today by The Duke of Sussex for a round table discussion on gender equity with OYW and Queen’s Commonwealth Trust young leaders. Over the last few days, these young leaders became @OneYoungWorld ambassadors with the intention to return to their communities and further existing initiatives to help change the world for the better. This year OYW partnered with the @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, of which The Duke and Duchess are President and Vice-President respectively, to provide scholarships to young leaders driving positive social impact in the Commonwealth. This was the most exciting collaboration between two groups The Duchess is passionate about and has been working with for some time. For more information and highlights from the week and how you can support these incredible leaders and their initiatives, visit @OneYoungWorld Photo © SussexRoyal / PA

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The report corroborated a separate one from Page Six, which explained that the entire situation had “crushed” the couple. The news source added that they believed the whole controversial situation wasn’t necessary. However, the couple had no choice but to take the steps they took — especially after they were left to fend for themselves in such impossible circumstances.

Harry has also had a bit of a challenging time. People Magazine reported that the Prince was emotional as the couple attended a tribute to the armed forces earlier this month.

Harry served as Captain-General of the Royal Marines for years, and the report explained that he was devastated at having to leave the service role. Regardless, his family’s needs ultimately outweighed anything else. The hope now is that they will be able to find true happiness as private citizens.

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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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The Telegraph reported that the Duchess has returned to their residence in Canada to be with their son Archie. Meanwhile, Prince Harry will remain in the U.K. to finalize some business before joining his wife and son.

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