It has been over two and a half years since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped down as senior members of the Royal Family.
The couple’s transition to civilian life certainly wasn’t easy, and they encountered quite a few major hurdles along the way.
But we think any honest observer, when evaluating the couple’s time in America, would have to admit that these two have racked up more wins than losses.
And apparently, several members of the royal family are shocked that the Sussexes enjoyed such favorable results.
According to a new article by longtime royal journalist Omid Scobie, the royal family expected Harry to fall flat in America.
“Not everyone believed Harry’s decision,” Scobie writes.
“Few within his own family and the palace thought it was a good idea, many had their own dramatic predictions of how catastrophic a move to the United States could be.
“Honestly, he’s setting himself up to fail,” recalled Scobie “a very experienced assistant” telling him shortly after the Sussexes arrived in the United States.
“Without all of this, it’s impossible,” the source continued, pointing significantly to the walls of Buckingham Palace.
Unsurprisingly, it seems the Royal Family was convinced that money would be the biggest obstacle standing between the Sussexes and a life of true independence.
On stepping down from royal duties, Harry and Meghan opted out of receiving money from the publicly funded Sovereign Grant.
Many members of the Windsors’ inner circle felt it would be impossible for Harry and Meghan to devote themselves full-time to their humanitarian efforts without access to the fund that previously financed their way of life.
Insiders told Scobie they believe it will only be a matter of time before the Sussexes are forced to take money from the ‘wrong’ places in order to stay afloat.
“But two years later, and without a penny from the British taxpayer, Harry has created the life he has long dreamed of,” Scobie writes.
Key to that success, of course, was the Sussexes’ business acumen.
Long before landing in the US, Harry and Meghan had several lucrative deals in the works.
They have teamed up with Better Up, Spotify and Netflix, with a documentary series about the Sussexes’ home life due out before the end of the year.
And of course there’s Harry’s highly anticipated memoir, which is also slated for a late 2022 launch.
In other words, the best is yet to come in terms of Harry and Meghan’s lucrative relationship with the American media.
Clearly, this is good news for the Sussexes and a major source of concern for their rivals in the UK.
Scobie says that despite rumors to the contrary, Harry’s book will not contain any “attacks” on his loved ones or the Royal Family as an institution.
Sources close to the Duke of Sussex say he has no interest in deepening the rift that has for so long divided the two factions of the Windsor clan.
Instead, he only seeks to tell his life story as openly and honestly as possible.
And the fact that the royal family is afraid that he will do so is quite telling.