Another Princess Weighs in on Harry & Meghan’s Royal Exit: ‘How Suffocating’

It's been two years since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle decided to step down from their official roles as royals, and recently, a fellow royal spoke up in support of the couple.

Princess Akshita of Mayurbhanj, a royal in the Odisha state in eastern India (and a descendant of the Bhanja dynasty), told Insider that she understood the decision made by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. While discussing her own position as a royal, the princess said, “I never felt I had to be someone different or someone else to portray a certain image,” and she claimed she “hit the jackpot” with her family.

But in reference to the Sussexes, Princess Akshita said, “For them, it got harder and harder...I can imagine how suffocating it could be to live that life continuously, and have people hold you to a standard, which is impossible.”

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The princess added that she respects royals who are able to step away from the luxury of their lives. “When you take away all of this, you realize these are individuals who are trying to do the best they can for their family,” she said, in reference to Prince Harry and Markle's raising of their own two children, Archie, 2, and Lilibet, 7 months.

Although Princess Akshita confessed she could never leave her royal life behind, she feels as if her family has given her a sense of gratitude to “never forget the position [she has].”

This is not the first time a royal has weighed in on the pair's exit. In September 2020, Princess Sofia of Sweden was asked if she and her husband, Prince Carl Philip, would ever follow in Harry and Meghan's footsteps. To which she said, “No. Not really. I think I have found such a fantastic balance, and I really see it as a positive that I have made it through these stormy years...It is such a huge advantage, in that we have the opportunity to stand a little in both worlds.”

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