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The Biggest Red Flags in Harry and Meghan's Relationship

Everyone wants to write off Harry and Meghan as fake or selfish or too similar to Harry's mum and dad and say they're doomed to fail as they're not right for each other. We're not going to take that stance, but there are a few red flags in their relationship that shouldn't be ignored.

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Meghan's Friends Told Her Not to Get Involved

Everyone has that friend who tells them not to get involved with a particular man. Sometimes it's motivated by jealousy. Other times, the motivation is to protect their friend. In this case, Meghan's American friends told her to go for it, but her British pals had another suggestion, as Meghan made clear in the ITV documentary Meghan and Harry: An African Journey. "When I first met my now-husband, my friends were really happy because I was so happy. But my British friends said to me, 'I'm sure he's great, but you shouldn't do it because the British tabloids will destroy your life."

Mental Health

Most of us would say that Princess Diana and Meghan Markle are very different people. Diana was just 19 when she got married. Meghan was 36 and already divorced. But both have given tell-all interviews that reveal how similar the two most important women in Prince Harry's life are. Both admitted to struggling with mental health issues. In 1995, Diana told the BBC's Martin Bashir, "You wake up in the morning feeling you didn't want to get out of bed. You felt misunderstood and just very low on yourself." Fast forward 26 years to 2021, and Meghan Markle's interview with Oprah Winfrey shows a surprising similarity between the women when Markle said, "I just didn't want to be alive anymore, and that was a very clear and real and frightening constant thought."

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Royal Protocols

The British royal family must be the most imposing one to join. No other family has such mystique and is held in such high regard as the Windsors. This is a family nicknamed "The Firm", which suggests two things – the first is that the family operates as a company. The other thing the word "firm" suggests is a close-knit group. Both of those connotations indicate a family that's not open to outsiders. One of the ways they keep outsiders away is through their customs. They could have brought Markle under their wing and made her feel part of the family, but "There was no guidance" on how to act, according to Markle. "But, you know, unlike what you see in the movies, there's no class on how to speak, how to cross your legs, how to be royal. There's none of that training."

The Press

The press was always going to get in the way, but did they have to be overtly racist? The Daily Mail said she was "(almost) straight outta Compton", and they used the phrase "exotic DNA" to describe her mixed-race heritage. Harry protected his wife in the early stages of their relationship by issuing statements condemning "the racial undertones of comment pieces" and "outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments" aimed at Markle.

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Racism

The racism didn't stop with the press. If you believe what you heard on the Oprah Winfrey interview, the royals themselves are inherently racist. Meghan said that before Archie was born, there were "concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he's born." Of course, no specific members of the Windsor clan were named or directly quoted, but information like this points to systemic racism that has to be stamped out of the royal family. We know from Harry that neither the Queen nor Prince Phillip was "part of these conversations", but that still leaves very senior members like Prince Charles or Harry's brother Prince William in the frame.

In Conclusion

The information about Harry and his family losing royal protection even though their threat levels had not lowered shocked some viewers when it was revealed to Oprah Winfrey. It's another of the red flags. The other significant issue Meghan discussed in the recent interview was her suicidal thoughts. "I just didn't want to be alive anymore," she admitted to an audience of millions watching across the globe. Ultimately, all the issues the couple face appear to be brought on by or exaggerated by the British royal family. Let's hope that these guys can find some peace by moving away and becoming independent of them.

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