For Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, this was supposed to be the year they found their freedom. After officially stepping down from their royal duties in March, the Sussexes and their son Archie moved to California, and seemed to have got what they’d always wanted.
But after a year of turmoil, both globally and personally, they may be breathing a sigh of relief that 2020 is on its way out. And while Harry is said to be keen to make amends with his family and move on, it’s not going to be so easy for Meghan.
A source close to the couple tells heat, “They still feel they made the right decision quitting the royals, but because of the public’s reaction, the pandemic, and Meghan’s miscarriage, it’s been a lot tougher than they ever imagined. They’re hoping they can just draw a line under everything, but Harry, especially, thinks they need to build bridges with his family to be able to do that. But Meghan still feels let down – she feels like they were frozen out, her in particular, and she’s not ready to fully forgive.”
Ever since Meghan began dating Harry back in 2016, there has been a lot of suggestion that she felt she was treated unfairly by the royals, especially when compared to her sister-in-law Kate Middleton. She was said to have thought that Kate was given more support after marrying Prince William, and the palace didn’t stick up for her when she faced heavy criticism from the tabloids. Meghan herself admitted in a TV interview after Archie was born that she was struggling and “not many people have asked if I’m OK”.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle met in London in July 2016.
But we’re told, despite her hurt, the Duchess is doing everything she can to support her husband as he reaches out.
“Harry is desperate to see his family and has told Meghan it should be a priority for them in 2021. It’s been over a year since any of the royals have seen Archie, not least because of the difficulties with travelling, and he’s very sad about that. He’s said he’s flying back for a visit at the first opportunity and he wants to take Archie. Meghan understands – and would be reluctant to let Archie go without her.”
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This year has seen Meghan, 39, tackle some tough personal issues. As well as dealing with the ongoing court case against The Mail On Sunday, the Duchess revealed that she’d suffered a miscarriage back in the summer. In an article for The New York Times, she described the “unbearable grief” that it had caused.
Our source says, “It won’t be easy, but Meg knows it’s important for Harry to see his family, so she’s making the effort. There are all kinds of virtual gatherings planned over Christmas. They’ve missed so much of Archie growing up. Now, they’ll get to see him walking and talking, and they are very excited about that – the Queen especially.”
Read more in the latest issue of heat magazine – out now.