Prince Harry and Meghan did not set out to leave the UK
According to Marie Claire Prince Harry and Meghan Markle initially only desired to step away from senior royal duties for one year. This comes from a new book Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown, by Valentine Low . The book alleged that Sir David Manning, the former ambassador to the U.S. who spent 10 years as the affairs advisor for Prince William and Harry’ had been drawing up future proposals for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.e
Manning believed the Sussexes should have had a period of time to pursue their own philanthropic interests and that Meghan should have private time away from the public eye. the U.S. In other words there should have been a period of adjustment but it was not allowed. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip spent their first year of marriage in Malta where Phillip was stationed as a Navy officer.
The Sussexes were denied time off from royal duty
Prince William and Princess Kate began married life in Anglesey so Manning thought perhaps Harry and Meghan might go to South Africa before settling down to the rigorous royal schedule. The Sussexes mentioned this situation during their 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey where they said they desired to represent the Queen in a Commonwealth nation but were denied.
Harry said they wanted to "take a breath" and Meghan stated “We were saying ‘okay, if this isn’t working for everyone, we’re in a lot of pain, you can’t provide us with the help we need, we can just take a step back. We can do it in a Commonwealth country,’” Meghan said. “We suggested New Zealand, South Africa…” Nothing has been said as to why the Queen would not grant the newlyweds the time they needed but it sounds like Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tried very hard not to leave the UK and yet here we are.