Castles and palaces, fame and prestige, riches and crowns. These are the things everyone wishes they were born with. A small fraction of people know what it’s like to be royalty, while the rest of us can only imagine. But just like the story of the Prince and the Pauper, some princes don’t seem to enjoy their privileged position and the responsibilities that come with it.
Such is the case of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, who recently declared that they were stepping down as senior royals. This means they will gain more independence and no longer engage in the political duties of the royal family. They
will also be financially independent and relinquish financial help provided by the British government. Having recently had a little boy, the main reason for their decision was to dedicate themselves to their family. They also wish to work on projects more closely related to their own inspirations, instead of following an institutional agenda.
Similarly, King Edward VIII, Harry’s great-great uncle, abdicated the throne in order to marry American citizen Wallis Simpson. As she had been divorced twice, their marriage was refused by the church and the government which forced the King to decide between the crown and his love life. Being true to himself, the King passed on his title to his brother and pursued his own interests and lifestyle.
While some would say they are giving up a dream life, others may see this as an incredible demonstration of courage as they are giving up a golden opportunity so they can be truthful to themselves. If they are born into a situation they are not
comfortable with, continuing this lifestyle may not be the best way as it ultimately forces them to live an unhappy life.
Harry and Meghan declared that they will continue to fully support the Queen and establish new roles within the royal family. Nevertheless, they have taken control of their own lives and will work towards achieving what truly matters to them.
Their decision demonstrates that everyone has a path to walk and the decision to go down that path always lies with the individual. Whatever makes them unhappy or hinders their journey towards fulfilment must be dealt with before it destroys them, regardless of the costs.
Faith also plays a major role in the pursuit of happiness. It tests our mettle when we must prove to ourselves and others that we believe in the path we have chosen to follow. Whether we have faith in ourselves or in God, or both, being truthful to our personal growth is the most important quality we can have as human beings.
‘And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.’ (John 8:32)