The real reason why Meghan and Harry rushed Megxit

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may have taken a shocking risk when they decided to announce that they were leaving their positions as senior members of the British royal family, but they appear to have handled the entire situation smoothly up to this point, especially since it turns out that they reportedly had to rush their exit and make their announcement much earlier than expected.

Harry and Meghan were originally following a plan that had been in the works for months and likely would have taken a lot longer to officially unfold, but the timeline changed suddenly when their goals were reportedly leaked to the press. According to The New York Times, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex "felt forced to disclose their plans prematurely after they learned that the Sun, a tabloid owned by Rupert Murdoch, got wind of the internal discussions about their status and was preparing a story, two people with ties to the family said."

Harry and Meghan's announcement may have caused a massive shakeup, but surely it was better that the news came from them instead of coming from a tabloid. Either way, these royal renegades are now in the middle of a "Megxit" firestorm that continues to reshuffle the deck and force their hand.

Meghan returned to Canada where Archie was waiting

Harry and Meghan may be punished for defying the queen, but it looks like the prince will have to face the senior royals alone because Meghan has reportedly left the country in order to take care of her other major priority: their son, Archie.

While away from his parents, Archie was being cared for by a nanny and Meghan's close friend, Jessica Mulroney, who is a fashion stylist and the wife of television personality (and son of a former Prime Minister of Canada) Ben Mulroney, reported E! News. The Mulroneys are also the parents of the twin boys who were part of Meghan and Harry's 2018 wedding. Jessica took to Instagram to share a post amidst the Megxit mania that appeared to be in support of Meghan: "A strong woman looks a challenge in the eye and gives it a wink."

According to E!, it's widely believed that "Prince Harry will be reuniting with his wife and son in Canada in the coming days," but he also has some previously scheduled engagements in England later in the month. Considering the duke and duchess were forced to rush their announcement, all of their future plans are subject to change.

Harry and Meghan had a plan in place

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have always come across as smooth operators, but only time will tell how well they cope with being forced to rush into what's now become the circus known the world over as Megxit. 

According to The New York Times, the "couple had been planning the move for months," meaning that they supposedly worked out what they wanted, submitted their intentions to Prince Charles via a formal proposal, and asked for a meeting with the Queen to discuss the situation. However, the Evening Standard explains that an important next step supposedly never happened because the "meeting was blocked by courtiers." Before Harry and Meghan could make another attempt, it seems their dreams were leaked, forcing them to break their own news or have the press break it for them.

Even though Harry and Meghan weren't able to execute their original plan the way they intended, they did manage to complete one very telling task before things went wild...

Harry and Meghan trademarked the 'Sussex Royal' brand before their announcement

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may have been forced to initiate Megxit much earlier than expected, but that doesn't mean that they were completely unprepared for the monumental exodus. The pair had already "applied for a copyright stamp, which includes the 'Sussex Royal' name and their joint charity, The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex," reports Pure Wow. "The copyright is granted by the U.K.'s Intellectual Property Office. All it means is Prince Harry and Markle have complete control over the 'Sussex Royal' name, which covers a variety of areas, including printed merchandise, clothing, charitable fundraising, and social care services."

The couple reportedly submitted the paperwork for the brand trademark in June 2019, and it was approved in December 2019, just weeks before the announcement that they would be stepping back from royal duties to pursue a more independent life — including financial independence. Trademarking "Sussex Royal" could certainly help them cash in on their particular roles. 

Just think: Now you can sip all this piping hot tea, courtesy of Nicki Swift, in your very own Megxit mug! We can't think of a better way to consume your royal news.