Meghan Markle and Prince Harry now live in Santa Barbara, California, after leaving the Royal Family at the end of March. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have now repaid the £2.4m of taxpayer’s money used on renovating their Windsor home Frogmore Cottage which was part of the agreement when the couple left royal life. But what inspired one princess to criticise the royals?
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped back from their roles within the Royal Family at the end of March.
The couple decided to make the move in order to pursue a different path for themselves and their family.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are working to set up their own charitable foundation called Archewell.
Last week, it was confirmed the couple will set up their own production company and have landed a deal with Netflix to produce docu-series, feature films, scripted shows and children’s programming.
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Prince Harry spoke out about his “sadness” about stepping back from the Royal Family.
In a speech delivered in Miami earlier this year, Prince Harry revealed his decision to retreat from royal life was taken in a bid to “protect his family”.
A source told the New York Post: “Harry spoke about mental health and how he has been in therapy for the past few years to try to overcome the trauma of losing his mother.
“He talked about how the events of his childhood affected him and that he has been talking to a mental health professional.
“Harry also touched on Megxit, saying while it has been very difficult on him and Meghan, he does not regret their decision to step down as senior royals because he wants to protect his family.
“He does not want Meghan and their son Archie to go through what he did as a child.”
When asked if she had ever considered “doing a Megxit” in the interview, she responded that she had now.
The former model said: “No. Not really. I think I have found such a fantastic balance, and I really see it as a positive that I have made it through these stormy years.
“It is such a huge advantage, in that we have the opportunity to stand a little in both worlds.”
In the documentary, Princess Sofia discussed having an “identity crisis” when she became a royal.
She said: “Since I became a princess, I have been through many identity crises.
“Here in South Africa I have a type of identity, and when I come home, I have something else.
“Here I am allowed to be who I want to be.”
Princess Sofia has a great amount in common with Meghan having moved away from showbusiness to royal life.
She garnered a lot of attention from the press in Sweden, not all of which has been positive, from when her relationship with Prince Carl Philip became known publicly.
Before becoming a royal, she moved away from the countryside to Stockholm, where she worked as a waitress and glamour model, before participating in the television show Paradise Hotel in 2005.
Sofia dated her husband for five years before walking down the aisle in 2015.