Meghan, Harry reportedly had no choice but to leave 'toxic' royal family: 'So much bad blood'

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And the royal drama continues. 

Almost a week after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry shocked the world and the rest of the royal family by announcing they were stepping down as senior members of the royal family, it's since been reported that the couple felt their breakup with the crown was inevitable. 

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A friend of the couple revealed to People that the couple was pushed to their limits with the crown's long-rooted "never complain, never explain” mantra. 

"This is not how they wanted to handle this, but Meghan and Harry’s hand was forced," the source explained to the publication. "There is so much bad blood in that family — it’s toxic. If relationships had been better, things would have been different."

On Monday, Queen Elizabeth met with Prince William, Prince Charles and Prince Harry at her Sandringham Estate to discuss the split further, calling the situation "complex." 

"Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family," the queen's statement begins. 

It continues: 

"My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan's desire to create a new life as a young family. Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.

Harry and Meghan have made clear that they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives. It has therefore been agreed that there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the UK.

These are complex matters for my family to resolve, and there is some more work to be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days."

Prince Harry and Prince William also released a rare, joint statement on the matter after a publication said the cause for the royal rift was William's "bullying attitude." The brothers called the speculation "offensive and potentially harmful."

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