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Why Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Have Started to Ditch the Royal Family

From supporting cast member on a popular TV series to a bona fide royal: it’s been a whirlwind few years for Meghan Markle — a period in which the 38-year-old duchess has weathered more than her fair share of media storms and online trolls. Now, in a surprising move, she and hubby Prince Harry are stepping back as senior members of the Royal Family, with plans to split their time between the U.K. and North America. It’s undeniable that the former actress is struggling with life in the spotlight. A former UN Ambassador and unapologetic advocate for gender equality, Meghan has since been reduced to a royal prop and tabloid target, with every aspect of her life picked over and analyzed. While some might argue that it comes with the territory when you marry into the world’s most famous Royal Family, few (outside of Diana, Princess of Wales) have had to deal with this high level of scrutiny. From blatantly racist slurs to comments about her parenting skills, who could blame Meghan for packing up and leaving for North America? In fact, we’re rooting for her.

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