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A source reportedly close to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex has revealed it was Prince Harry who made the call for the couple and their son to move to Canada.
“When it became clear Meghan was never going to get a fair shake, Harry snapped,” the source told the magazine. “He’s adamant that it was his call to move to Canada.”
Despite completing their last engagement as senior members of the royal family on March 9, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex won’t officially resign as working royals until March 31. The couple will reportedly make Vancouver Island their home base, along with their 10-month-old son Archie.
A second source also reportedly close to the couple said the decision to leave Britain and royal life behind was largely influenced by their desire to raise their son outside of the public lens.
“[Harry] wants to shield his son from the negativity and tension he would’ve been exposed to back in England,” the source said. “He knows what it’s like to grow up in the spotlight, and he wants to give Archie the most normal upbringing possible.”
While details of the couple’s next steps are unknown, they recently took to social media to issue a statement regarding COVID-19. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex encouraged those struggling with anxiety due to the global pandemic to reach out to loved ones in any way possible, while observing self-isolation.
“Many of us may feel confused. Or alone, or anxious or scared ... and in isolation, some of us may just feel bored, or that you don’t know what to do with yourself without your normal routine. It’s perfectly normal to be feeling any of these things,” the message read. “Our emotional well-being is challenged everyday whether we realize it or not, but our lives are usually filled with distractions. Now with constantly changing COVID coverage, we are all adjusting to this new normal and the feelings that come with it. … Yes, there is isolation and physical distancing, but there doesn’t have to be loneliness.”
According to the Daily Mail, a friend revealed that both Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were grateful to be able to spend time with the royal family before the pandemic, adding that Harry was “concerned” for his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, and his father, Prince Charles.
Harry and Markle voluntarily quarantined themselves upon returning to Canada, and taking steps to protect themselves and staff as they continue to work on their charitable initiatives.
“Meghan said just because they are isolating themselves, it doesn't mean they can't help. They aren't just sitting around at home doing nothing,” the source said. “Meghan told her inner circle that what's happening in the world right now is a mental health crisis. She said they are working with a mental health non-profit to create some sort of online support system for those most vulnerable, like new mothers suffering from postpartum depression. People who lack support systems need reassurance that they are not alone.”