Meghan Markle and Prince Harry planned their split from the Royal Family before they were married, according to a shock new book.
At the beginning of this year the Duke and Duchess of Sussex rocked royal fans by declaring their independence, and revelations in a tell-all new book suggest the move was a long time coming.
On January 8 this year, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced on their Instagram account that they intended to "step back” from being senior members of the Royal Family.
But in new book Finding Freedom, royal experts Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand claim that the couple had decided to break free of the royal family even before they married.
The book was reportedly written with the couple’s knowledge. In it Scobie and Durand say that Harry was “deeply unhappy” in his royal role long before the pair left the UK.
A publishing insider told The Sun that the word “Megxit” always bothered Prince Harry because “it gives the impression that the decision to walk away from the Royal Family was Meghan’s.”
They continued: "The seeds of 'Megxit' were sown before they even got married. The truth is that Harry had been deeply unhappy for a long time.
"And he and Meghan openly discussed going in a different direction well before they got married.”
The book promises to "reveal unknown details of Harry and Meghan's lives together" as "few know the true story" of the couple.
Speaking at an event held in central London for his charity Sentebale, he said: “Once Meghan and I were married, we were excited, we were hopeful, and we were here to serve.
“For those reasons, it brings me great sadness that it has come to this. The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back, is not one I made lightly."
The Prince continued: “It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges. And I know I haven’t always gotten it right, but as far as this goes, there really was no other option.”
The authors say that writing the book was “motivated by a desire to tell an accurate version of [Harry and Meghan’s] journey and finally present the truth of misreported stories that have become gospel simply because of the amount of times they have been repeated.
The book’s publishers, Harper Collins, say that Finding Freedom has been written “with the participation of those closest to the couple”.