New Details About Harry and Meghan’s Split From the Royal Family

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One of the big, lingering questions about Harry and Meghan’s split from the Royal Family is this: How long were they planning to leave? Rebecca English of the Daily Mail claims to have the inside scoop about how things really went down.

‘Plotting a Life Outside of Britain’

When Harry and Meghan made their shocking announcement in January, it seemed like news to the Royal Family, as well as the rest of the world. However, new reports suggest that Harry and Meghan were planning their exit for months–and that they emailed Prince Charles and the Queen about it beforehand.

Rebecca English, the editor in charge of Royal coverage for the Daily Mail, claims that the planning started as early as Thanksgiving. “Unknown to anyone, the couple had in fact been ‘plotting’ a life outside of Britain,” English wrote. “They had assembled a team of US advisers and managers, many of whom had worked with Meghan as an actress.”

The Sussexes took a long break from their Royal duties starting around Thanksgiving and extending for six weeks through Christmas. During that time, it seems they were putting the pieces in place to leave that life behind for good.

Harry Allegedly Emailed His Family About the Plan

The Daily Mail also claims that Harry emailed his father and grandmother before he went public with the plans. “Both the Queen and Charles urged him not to rush into anything,” English said. “There were issues like security and funding, visas and tax, which neither of them had thought through. Harry was told to put his request in writing and come up with some ideas.”

Instead of waiting for those details to be ironed out–or perhaps fearing that he would have to give too much up in compromises–Harry decided to move forward with what an inside source describes as the nuclear option.

“He thought his family were stonewalling and decided to push the nuclear button,” the source said.

Harry Versus the UK Tabloids

But how would this insider know these details? Did they hack the prince’s email? If true, Harry and Meghan really need to consider beefing up their wifi and cloud services security. Between this and the prank callers that allegedly tricked Harry into spilling tea about his family, the Sussexes at least need to change their passwords.

Leaks from inside the Royal Family’s court should always be taken with a grain of salt, of course. While some rumors do turn out to be true, remember that the Daily Mail is one of the tabloids that Harry and Meghan are suing. Why? Because of stories they claim are false. Ultimately, all we know is the Sussexes were serious about leaving royal life behind and moving to Los Angeles. What comes next is anyone’s guess.

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