In the most-anticipated Oprah Winfrey interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle that aired on Sunday night, the Duke of Sussex explained why they decided to leave the royal family.
Prince Harry explained that it was due to “lack of support and lack of understanding.”
Prince Harry also explained that he had to relocate his family because of the British press's tabloid attacks and false stories about his wife and he “could see where this was headed,” in what could be a reference to the struggles of his mother, Princess Diana.
“I asked for calm from the British tabloids. Once as a boyfriend, once as a husband, and once as a father,” Harry said.
He also said he wouldn't have left royal life if not for his wife. "I wouldn't have been able to, because I myself was trapped,” Harry said.
However, he clarified that they did everything to stay in the royal family but it did not work out. “I am sad that what’s happened has happened, but I know, I’m comfortable in knowing that we did everything that we could to make it work,” Harry told Oprah Winfrey.
During the interview, the couple also talked about their relationship with the family and how Prince Charles stopped taking Harry’s call after their announcement to step away from their royal duties. He also added that things are getting normal with his father now.
Harry disputed rumors that he intentionally blindsided his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, with his decision to split, adding that the story emerged from the “institution”
“I would never blindside my grandmother, I have too much respect for her,” he said.