Truth About Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Leaving Royal Family

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Meghan Markle in a green dress walking with Prince Harry in a dark suit.

By Hugh Scott |

Meghan Markle in a green dress walking with Prince Harry in a dark suit.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been treated very poorly by the gossip media over the years. One of the most common themes involves the Duke and Duchess of Sussex leaving the royal family. These are a few variations Gossip Cop has busted recently.

A little over a year ago, OK! splashed the headline “Meghan And Harry Leaving The Royals For Their Baby” across its cover. The story inside contended that Prince Harry was renouncing his title and his fortune, so he and Markle could move to the United States. Gossip Cop busted the story and 13 months later, the couple obviously never left the family or relocated to America.

In March of this year, the National Enquirer put a slightly different spin on the story, alleging Queen Elizabeth II had “booted” Markle and Prince Harry from the family. The outlet purported that the queen had “disowned” the couple due to their behavior, disregard for protocol, and their supposed tension with Prince William and Kate Middleton. The magazine quoted a so-called “palace-insider” as saying, “Meghan and Harry got the shock of their lives, because the queen disowned them both right on the spot.” The ridiculous article was debunked by Gossip Cop at the time. The queen did not kick them out of the family.

This past July, Life & Style invented its own version of the story when it alleged Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were leaving the family and moving to Africa. This was also a variation on yet another common theme the tabloids riff on, about Prince Harry and Markle moving out of the U.K. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not planning on moving to Africa, and although the duke has spoken fondly of Africa, he has also noted that living there would be very difficult for them, for a variety of reasons. As usual, Gossip Cop busted the tabloid for its faulty reporting at the time.

Following that same theme, the National Enquirer had its own take on the bogus premise in June when it claimed Prince Harry and Markle were moving to America to raise their child. Weirdly, even though Life & Style and the Enquirer are owned by the same company, this article contended they were defying an order by the queen to move to Africa. Its sister publication had said they were moving to the continent against the queen’s wishes. It was just another tall tale in a long line of stories Gossip Cop has busted on this subject. Stories that are complete nonsense.

Update: On January 8th, 2020, the Duke and Duchess announced they would be “stepping back” as “‘senior'” members of the royal family. They also announced they would be splitting time between England and North America. They have not quit the family, or been kicked out of the family. 


"Meghan Markle, Prince Harry NOT Leaving Royal Family For Baby, Despite Claim." Gossip Cop, 2 Nov. 2018.

"Queen Elizabeth 'Booted' Prince Harry, Meghan Markle From Royal Family?" Gossip Cop, 30 Mar. 2019.

"Prince Harry, Meghan Markle NOT Leaving Royal Family And Moving To Africa, Despite Report." Gossip Cop, 13 July 2019.

Matis, Griffin. "Truth About Meghan Markle, Prince Harry Leaving The U.K." Gossip Cop, 5 Sep. 2019.

"Prince Harry, Meghan Markle Raising Baby In America?" Gossip Cop, 1 June 2019.