Prince Harry and Meghan reportedly grew increasingly frustrated at the continuous rules and restrictions within the Royal Family, a new book claims.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are said to have grown tired of not being able to pursue their own projects without continuous intervention from palace aidies.
And when The Queen didn’t bow to their Megxit demands ‘they made the decision to leave for good’.
The claims have been made in a new book Finding Freedom, serialised by the Times and the Sunday Times.
Their book sets out the frustrations felt by the Sussexes who wed at Windsor Castle in May 2018.
It says: “While they both respected the hierarchy of the institution, it was difficult when they wanted to focus on a project and were told a more senior family member, be it William or Charles, had an initiative being announced at the same time so they’d have to just wait.”
The Sussexes felt they had modernised the Royal Family and taken it to “new heights around the world”, but were held back by aides fearing they may “eclipse” the family, it’s claimed.
The book claims: “As their popularity had grown so did their difficulty in understanding why so few inside the Palace were looking out for their interests. They were a major draw for the Royal Family.”
A Palace staffer referred to Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, as “the squeaky third wheel” of the family, with a friend of the couple claiming they were the victims of the “merciless machine” of aides and courtiers – steeped in tradition.
Another source of anger came when the Sussexes were barred from establishing their own team in Windsor, separate from all others.
The authors say: “For months the couple tried to air their frustrations but the conversation didn’t lead anywhere.”
Harry and Meghan finally had enough and announced in January their plans to leave the Royal Family after coming up with a plan over Christmas after snubbing staying at Sandringham.
Harry reportedly tried to discuss the “need for change” with the Queen and Charles before their ‘Megxit’ summit but was frustrated by the lack of movement.
Harry has made it clear to friends he did not want the mass publicity that went with his work, and instead wanted to focus on the “work that’s happening inside.”
The book claims they wanted to see the Queen on their return to the UK on January 6, but were told she wasn’t available until January 29.
Harry, Meghan and baby Archie are now based at actor Tyler Perry’s £15million Beverly Hills mansion.
The biographers quote Meghan astonishingly claiming: “I gave up my entire life for this family. I was willing to do whatever it takes. But here we are. It’s very sad.”
But reportedly the split has not lead to a breakdown in relationship between Harry and The Queen.
A source added: “It’s been made very clear they can come back whenever they want.”