Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Quit Royalty After 'Impact' to Baby Archie, Book Claims

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry quit royal duties because having Baby Archie meant "risks that had been bearable became impossible threats," a new biography claims.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex began a new life outside the royal family just ten months after their son was born.

And his arrival spurred them to take action over the "complications" in their lives leading to them "upping sticks and leaving Britain," biographer Robert Lacey claims.

In Battle of Brothers, published today by William Collins, Lacey argues the couple "see the world as hostile and start behaving in self-destructive ways that make that hostility come to pass."

He writes: "The basic takeaway is that the May 2019 birth of Harry and Meghan's first child had a transformative impact upon the thinking and actions of both his parents.

"Complications that would once have been accepted became intolerable — risks that had been bearable became impossible threats.

"So here we have located another major reason why, within just 10 months of his birth, Archie's parents would be upping sticks and leaving Britain with the cherished child who has changed their view on life so much."

Harry and Meghan have revealed Archie's name was taken from the Greek word "Arche," meaning "source of action."

Lacey argues that the protectiveness the duke and duchess felt towards him compelled them to action following his birth.

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and Baby Archie
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation during their royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. Samir Hussein/Getty

He writes: "But let us also acknowledge how precisely that name can be applied to this post birth situation in the summer of 2019 since all parents feel a renewed 'source of action' when they hold their first born child in their arms.

"They sense its vulnerability and they worry about the survival, welfare and spirits of the new human being for which they are now responsible."

He argues this protectiveness can be seen in the way Harry and Meghan refused to reveal which hospital she gave birth in to the media.

And at the time of Archie's christening they did not disclose the names of their baby's Godparents, as royals usually do, sparking criticism from journalists.

Lacey writes: "What does such bizarre and paranoid behaviour indicate about the parents involved?

"One thing we may conclude is that Harry and Meghan had developed an exaggerated idea of their own importance.

"The months since their marriage had demonstrated that the couple share a common character flaw — they both have a tendency to cascade downwards from their peaks of generous self-confidence into miserable moments of self-pitying victimhood.

"They see the world as hostile and start behaving in self-destructive ways that make that hostility come to pass."