Meghan Markle and Prince Harry publicly addressed their struggles recently when they opened up about the intense scrutiny they've faced at every turn and the impact that has had on their mental health. At the same time, Harry confirmed the rift rumours between he and his brother, saying the two are on "different paths right now." Following his unexpected statement, the couple announced they would be taking a break from royal duties and plan to spend six-weeks in the US over Christmas, therefore skipping the annual royal family celebrations.
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Their decision to spend time in America only added fuel to the rumours that Harry and Meghan are feeling isolated from Harry's family, especially the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who they last saw on Remembrance Day.
“Everyone was doing their duties, doing what they needed to do on behalf of the family—and that was that,” a source told People of the royal foursome's last public outing. “But there is a divide between the four of them. It’s hard for people to digest, because everyone wants them to be such a unit.”
A separate source said that Harry and Meghan are struggling with "ongoing feelings of isolation from the rest of the family" as they cope with the UK tabloids' constant attacks on them. It pays to note that despite many celebrities coming to their defence, neither Kate or William has.
"They’re going to have to try to figure out how to be civil, but they are on different paths now,” a source told People. “It’s just the reality of the situation.”
Of Harry and Meghan's break overseas, a source said: “Just on a human level, if you take everything else out of the equation, I don’t think they’re in very good shape to deal with anything right now. Everyone is hoping that they will come back from this break stronger than ever, and maybe with some time out of the spotlight, they can figure out what path to take next.”