Meghan and Harry were apparently not the first to want a life away from the monarchy. Prince Charles was reportedly about to build a new life abroad.
The resignation of Duchess Meghan, 40, and Prince Harry, 37, as senior royals and their move to Montecito have reportedly caused all sorts of tension between them and the British royal family. Prince Charles, 73, in particular, was reportedly less than enthusiastic about his son’s decision. The son of Queen Elizabeth, 96, when he was Harry’s age, even toyed with the idea of leaving the royal family.
Prince Charles wanted to live his life in Italy
It was in the early 1990s. At the time, Charles was still married to Princess Diana, † 36, but faced ‘relentless’ public pressure, now notes expert Gareth Russell on the Royally Us podcast The heir to the throne wasn’t exactly popular, and the many negative media reports had “heavily influenced” his outlook on his life as a British royal. Charles “would have had the idea of living in Tuscany, in northern Italy, for six months a year”, according to Russell.
Queen Mum held back from her plan
It is said that his grandmother Queen Mum, †101, discovered this and immediately talked him out of it. The Queen Mother dined with her grandson and told him about Edward VIII, †77. Edward abdicated as King in 1936, making his brother and father Queen Elizabeth King George V, †70 the reigning monarch . Edward spent the rest of his life in exile in France and Austria with his wife Wallis Simpson, who did not accept her family.
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The Queen Mom wanted to remind Charles that an heir to the throne should not shy away from carrying out his duties. “It was very clear what the Queen Mother meant without saying it explicitly. We didn’t hear much about Tuscany afterwards,” finally explains the author.
Source used: “Royally Us”