Meghan and Harry quit to ‘shield Archie from negativity, tension and provide normal upbringing’: Royal insider
Harry “knows what it’s like to grow up in the spotlight, and he wants to give Archie the most normal upbringing possible,” a source said. Staying in Canada also seems to have brought the couple closer
Harry's decision to step down with Meghan Markle as senior members of the royal family was largely based on the desire to keep their infant son, Archie, away from the "negativity and tension" that he would have been potentially exposed to in his own homeland.
'Megxit' went into effect on March 11, after which the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, despite retaining their royal titles, will no longer be active working members of the royal family. However, in the announcement of their decision to quit the monarchy back in January, the pair made it clear that they will continue to serve the Queen no matter where they stay and that they will be splitting their time between North America and the United Kingdom going forward.
Although many have speculated over the possible reasons which made Harry and Meghan take the difficult decision, one of the primary explanations seems to be the well being of their son who is yet to celebrate his first birthday this year.
“He wants to shield his son from the negativity and tension he would’ve been exposed to back in England,” a source told US Weekly, while a second insider added that Harry “knows what it’s like to grow up in the spotlight, and he wants to give Archie the most normal upbringing possible.”
Harry himself admitted in a recent an albeit spoof phone call where he thought he was speaking to climate activist Greta Thunberg and her father but was actually conversing with Russian pranksters, that he was "completely separate" from the royal family and had chosen to step back from royal life in order to protect his son. In the phone call, believed to have been recorded on New Year's Eve and January 22 while he was staying in Vancouver Island in Canada, Harry added that he and Meghan were finding normality "much better" than royal life.
Staying in Canada also seems to have brought the couple closer than ever. They completed their last official royal engagement hand in hand when they attended the Commonwealth Day service in Westminster Abbey, London on March 9.
“Harry was holding his hands together as he walked in. That’s letting you know that he was feeling a little uneasy,” body language expert Blanca Cobb told the publication. “As they were walking and being shown to their seats, Meghan looked very relaxed with a genuine smile. The way she’s walking was one of confidence. She was taking nice strides.”