This story provides a unique perspective on the motivations behind Meghan and Harry’s choice to relinquish their royal duties.
Royal correspondent and journalist Omid Scobie is in the process of writing a tell-all book in which he discloses Meghan’s final words before she departed the United Kingdom to embark on her new life in America. The Duchess of Sussex was evidently deeply emotional about her departure, and she confided in Scobie, stating, “It didn’t have to be this way.” Reportedly, tears flowed following her departure.
According to Scobie, Meghan and Harry did not wish to abandon their royal duties and were profoundly saddened by the entire situation.
Meghan Markle’s parting words to journalist Omid Scobie have resurfaced. The royal correspondent wrote in his biography Finding Freedom that the pair shared an emotional moment after the Duchess of Sussex’s final royal assignment.
Meghan and Scobie spoke after an event for the Association of Commonwealth Scholars.
“It didn’t have to be this way,” Meghan told Scobie.
“The tears that the duchess had been bravely holding back [were] free to flow among familiar faces,” Scobie wrote. “The Duchess of Sussex emotionally [bid] much-loved aides farewell, with her flight ‘home’ to Canada leaving in a matter of hours.”
The commentator later revealed that Meghan and Prince Harry were heartbroken by their inability to become part-time royals.
“Meghan would fly back to Canada on the last commercial flight of the day, eager to be back in Vancouver Island by the morning before [her son] Archie wakes up,” he added. “To say [Harry and Markle] were crushed is an understatement. It’s a decision that the couple still feel wasn’t necessary, but also wasn’t a surprise, given the lack of support they received.”
In January 2020, Meghan and Harry announced that they would be taking a step back from their royal duties with the hopes of advocating for the commonwealth, but Queen Elizabeth decided that they would no longer work for the monarchy.
“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,” the Duke and Duchess said in the statement. “We intend to step back as roles as ‘senior’ members of the royal family, and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen.”
This is unquestionably an intriguing perspective on Meghan and Harry’s contentious choice to distance themselves from the royal family.
However, one must ponder the accuracy of this account.
After all, in the period following Meghan and Harry’s departure, they haven’t appeared particularly remorseful about their decision. If anything, they appear to relish it and exploit it for all it’s worth.