- Prince Harry had a hard time dealing with the loss of his military titles after stepping back from his royal duties.
- Meghan Markle struggled with seeing Harry so hurt over his demotion.
IDK, from a non-royal person's perspective it seems like Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are doing pretty swell after leaving the British monarchy. Like, they bought a brand new mansion in California, inked a massive deal with Netflix just last week, and have officially paid off their Frogmore Cottage debts! But there is this bummer: Harry lost his honorary military titles after stepping back from his senior royal duties, which left both him and Meghan heartbroken. Sad!
In an excerpt from Carolyn Durand and Omid Scobie's Finding Freedom, the authors explain that leaving the royal family meant that Harry could no longer step into his military uniforms or be addressed by his former titles.
"The most demoralising aspect of the new deal was his being stripped of his honorary military appointments that had been awarded to him as a senior royal," they wrote, according to Marie Claire UK. "As a retired serviceman, Harry would always be able to wear his medals, but no longer could he wear uniform as Captain General of the Royal Marines, Honorary Air Force Commandant of the Royal Air Force Base Honington, and honorary Commodore-in-Chief of the Royal Navy’s Small Ships and Diving Operations."
An insider told Omid and Carolyn that it's been "a tough pill to swallow, and the one that has been most painful to Meghan witness him go through. It’s the one that made Harry emotional."
And despite the fact that Meghan and Harry wanted to step back from their royal duties in the first place, she allegedly told a friend that Harry's title-stripping was "so unnecessary." She continued:
"And it’s not just taking something away from him, it’s also that entire military veteran community. You can see how much he means to them, too. So why? The powers are unfortunately greater than me."
Fingers crossed that Meghan and Harry have been able to heal from the emotional stress this event caused them, though something tells me that their first big Netflix check will leave them feeling juuuust fine in the end.
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