The decision comes upon the couple's return from a six-week family break in Canada and UK. But this is something has been building for years since Harry's childhood; brought up under the glare of publicity, the young prince saw his mother, Princess Diana, suffer at the hands of the paparazzi.
Harry said previously he didn't think he'd be able to meet someone who could put up with the pressure, and, ultimately, Meghan has found it unbearable.
The birth of their son, Archie, last spring, gave new impetus to their departure from the spotlight. In fact, Archie's naming hinted at the move — they decided not to give him an official title, presumably to allow him a right to a private life.