This month saw Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announce and see through their exit from the royal family.

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Just weeks ago the pair confirmed they were to step back as senior members of the royal family and work to become ‘financially independent’.

Since the shock news, Her Majesty the Queen has given Harry and Meghan her blessing to spend time living in Canada and to step away from their royal duties.

Now, Princess Diana’s former butler, Paul Burrell, has claimed that the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, may be feeling pangs of jealousy over Meghan’s newfound ability to live a far more free lifestyle.

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“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit (link in bio) Image © PA

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When asked if Kate will feel envious of Meghan’s new situation, he said, “I’m sure she will be.”

Stressing the differences in the royal wives’ lifestyles, Paul, who worked for Harry’s mother for many years, told OK! magazine, “Kate will know what it’s like to be trapped inside a palace. Her life will be more constrained than Meghan’s.”

Confessing that he doesn’t blame the married couple for removing themselves and their seven-month-old son, Archie, from the front line of the monarchy, he said, “They’ll be free. They’ve been given back their lives. Being royal isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.”

This comes after Meghan Markle’s father Thomas Markle urged Prince Harry to “man up” and meet him for the first time, in a shocking interview on Good Morning Britain yesterday.

The 75-year-old, who has been publicly begging for his daughter to reach out to him for months, also admitted that he’ll be pleased to finally see her and her husband across a courtroom.

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‘I don’t think that she is being bullied in any way or any shape because of racism.’⠀ ⠀ Thomas Markle says the negative coverage of his daughter Meghan is not racist.

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The estranged father and daughter are likely to reunite in court over legal disputes involving Thomas selling a private letter written to him by Meghan to the British press.

Explaining that he’ll be glad to see her in the legal battle, Thomas said, “If it comes to meeting them in a courtroom, that’s great. At least I’d finally get to see them.”