Prince Harry ‘feared Meghan Markle would suffer meltdown’ if they stayed in UK

Prince Harry feared Meghan Markle would suffer a "meltdown" if they stayed in the UK for good, according to reports.

The couple sent shockwaves through Buckingham Palace on Wednesday when they published a statement announcing their plans to quit as top-ranking royals – and split their time between the UK and North America.

Their bombshell Instagram post said: "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."

Senior royal aides claimed the Queen wasn't notified in advance and was left "disappointed" by the news.

Prince Philip was also allegedly left "splitting blood" and barked "what the hell are they playing at?"

But it's claimed Harry and Meghan felt forced into their decision for their own wellbeing.


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The announcement came just days after they returned to Britain following a six-week Christmas break in Canada with baby Archie.

A source told The Sun on Sunday: "Meghan has not settled in the UK and he (Harry) knows that and wants her to be happy.

“And it has got worse recently, with their spell in Canada helping to cement her view that the family would be better off out of the spotlight and spending more time there.

“He feared staying in the UK too long would lead to Meghan having a meltdown. That is why things moved so quickly.”

The source claimed Harry felt the "writing was on the wall" because their royal duties were having an impact on their marriage and family life.

Journalist Tom Bradby, who has interviewed Meghan and Harry and accompanied them on their 2019 tour of Africa, as well as being invited their wedding, previously said the couple felt "driven out".

He said: "From Harry and Meghan’s point of view, they’re just being driven out, as they see it. And it's sad."

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