Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could have been dropping hints that they wanted out of the Royal Family at least five years before their eventual exit.
In an interview with InStyle magazine back in 2015, the Duchess of Sussex — then still a star in US legal drama Suits — made some remarks which foreshadow her and Harry's decision to 'step back' from The Firm in January last year.
Discussing how she applies a strident 'girl-boss' attitude in everyday life, she told the publication:
"I think the biggest part of being a girl boss in the office, at home, or anywhere you go is just knowing your value."
"As you get older, you become more comfortable in your skin and comfortable in saying 'no' to things...It's something that, I think, comes with age and really having a sense of your self-worth. And then you make choices based on that,"
The spirit of independence in the newly resurfaced comments adds to the theory that the couple had their earth-shattering escape from the British monarchy on the cards as soon as they met on a blind date in 2016.
Harry himself admitted this year that he had thought about leaving the family for many years, telling actor Dax Shepard on the Armchair Expert podcast in May:
"In my early 20s, it was a case of, 'I don't want this job, I don't want to be here, I don't want to be doing this, look what it did to my mum'"
Some believe Harry started plotting his way out of royal duties more seriously in 2013, after finishing a four-month tour of Afghanistan while enrolled in the British Army.
Royal commentator Kristen Meinzer said last year that she believed his comments in an interview with The Guardian at the time exposed a desire to live a more "ordinary" life after being exposed to people of different backgrounds in the military.
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