Meghan Markle and Prince Harry may seem like they have it all, but the year they’ve had since stepping down as senior members of the British royal family has actually been quite “painful” for them.
This was revealed by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, the authors of the book “Finding Freedom.”
“To be at the point they are at now, having set up an empire and a charity in just over nine months, shows just how hard they have worked to make this transition a success,” Scobie wrote in Grazia. “But it’s taken a lot of work to get here. The journey has been painful.”
They added that it has been a struggle for Meghan to juggle motherhood with moving four times.
“It’s just been a lot,” a friend of Meghan’s said. “Their nanny moved back to the UK when they moved to LA because of the pandemic and restrictions left them feeling quite alone. Each move made them feel more displaced.”
After stepping down from the royal family, Meghan and Harry briefly moved to Canada before relocating to her hometown of Los Angeles. They have since moved once again, settling in a nine bedroom mansion in the ritzy area of Montecito.
Scobie said that since they moved to California, Meghan and Harry have been “eager to contribute to the community,’ particularly in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and they would really like to put the “focus back on what mattered.”
Sources told Scobie that Meghan and Harry have no regrets about leaving the royal family, saying, “They really haven’t looked back.”
In the end, Meghan and Harry are looking forward to this year, when they plan to roll out a number of plans and initiatives through their Archewell Foundation.
“We’ve heard so much about the work they are doing behind the scenes and this year we will get to see that work in action,” Scobie said. “A year ago they set out to create a better life for themselves and their family, one that they could flourish in while still carrying out work that has social impact. They’ve now achieved that and friends say they are happier than ever.”