Meghan Markle shared a final speech to staff before she prepared to head off to Canada following her last engagement on behalf of the Royal Family.
The 39-year-old ex-Suits star hugged her aides and was reportedly visible emotional as she spent her last hours in the UK after she and Prince Harry announced they would be leaving the Royal Family.
She then hopped on the last flight of the day in order to make it home before Archie woke up the next morning.
Royal journalist Omid Scobie was one of those invited to Meghan’s last engagement, which was a private meeting with Association of Commonwealth Universities scholars when she spoke to students about their work – including on climate change.
In Finding Freedom, the book he co-authored with Carolyn Durand, it was revealed how Meghan bid farewell to her team at Buckingham Palace.
Mr Scobie claimed Meghan hugged him before she added that “it didn’t have to be this way”.
He said: “Staff who had with the couple from day one were mourning the end what was supposed to be a happy story: two people fall in love, get married, have a baby, serve the Queen, the end. Instead, they were leaving the country.
“As Meghan gave me a final hug goodbye, she said: ‘It didn’t have to be this way’.”
He then added that Meghan said she was upset that things hadn’t gone differently as she and Harry prepared to start their new life together in North America.
Mr Scobie wrote in Harper’s Bazaar that “tears that the duchess had been bravely holding back were free to flow among familiar faces”.
He continued: “The Duchess emotionally bid much-aides farewell, with her flight ‘home’ to Canada leaving in a matter of hours.
“Meghan would fly back to Canada on the last commercial flight of the day, eager to be back in Vancouver Island by the morning before Archie wakes up.”
The Duchess is then said to have “tearfully” said to a friend “I gave up my entire life for this family” after she was blamed for her and Harry’s decision to step back.
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