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Back in April, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle officially stepped down from their roles as senior members of the royal family, and no one really knew what to expect.

After all, it had been nearly a century since a member of the royal family became a private citizen, and King Edward VIII wasn’t forced to contend with paparazzi and social media scrutiny when he abdicated the throne.

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Of course, Harry and Meghan’s situation has been complicated in ways that no one could have predicted as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

What should have been the Duke and Duchess of Sussexes’ grand coming out party has instead been a time of isolation and high anxiety as the couple made their way halfway across amid the worst global health crisis of the modern era in an effort to protect their child against the predatory tabloid press.

Perhaps Harry and Meghan would have considered all those risks to be worthwhile if they had finally found the privacy they’ve been seeking since they met.

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Unfortunately, it seems they’re learning the hard way that an overzealous media with little regard for its subjects’ privacy is a global phenomenon.

Last week, Harry and Meghan filed suit against a photographer who had allegedly snapped a picture of their 1-year-old son through a window of their temporary home in Malibu.

This week, interest in the Duke and Duchess has once again reached a fever pitch thanks to a new book about the couple’s struggle for independence.

Meghan Markle & Prince Harry: Banned From Royal Life Following Latest Claims of Racism and Bullying?
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Journalists Omid Scobie and Carol Durand were reportedly granted unprecedented access while authoring Finding Freedom, and while the tone of the book is decidedly pro-Harry and Meghan, detractors are now coming out of the woodwork and making this yet another hard week for the Sussexes.

One of the most vocal critics of the royal couple has been Angela Levin, a much less legitimate royal biographer who wrote a tell-all titled  Harry: Conversations with the Prince in 2018.

In a new interview with the Daily Mail, Levin shared her belief that Harry and Meghan "bring out the worst in each other."

Levin explains that Meghan is a "mega-watt attention grabber with the eyes of the world on her," while Harry has "faded in her shadow."

And it seems the Levin believes the problem has only gotten worse in the months since the couple stepped down from royal life.

Meghan, Levin claims, has shown herself not to be a "team player" but "a fiercely ambitious woman who wants to be number one."

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Harry, meanwhile, has allegedly transformed from a "charismatic and accessible" charmer to "a nervy, tense man who seems constantly on edge."

Levin seems to blame this shift on Meghan, but if the change happened at all — which is a very big if — couldn’t there be other reasons behind it?

Couldn’t it be that Harry is disappointed to find that the American media is just as insatiable as the UK tabloid press?

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Isn’t it possible that the stress of being a first time parent amid the worst public health crisis in modern history is wearing Harry down?

Might there be a chance that the difficulty of leaving the family he grew up with and moving several thousand miles away in search of a better life for his wife and child has left Harry feeling a little conflicted?

Hey, here’s a crazy idea — maybe in these difficult times we can all take a temporary break from jumping immediately to the most dramatic, least charitable takes on one another’s lives. Just a thought!