Interest (maybe obsession?) with the Royal Family isn’t limited to England. People are fascinated by real-life princes and princesses, and unfortunately, the need to know more about them can lead to tragic results, as seen in the untimely death of the People’s Princess, Diana back in 1997. It is here where The Great Escape: Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Left the Royal Family begins.
Written by Anthony Del Col, the nonfiction comic is illustrated by Josh Adams and colored by Charlie Kirchoff. Taylor Esposito is on letters and research for the story’s facts and timeline are by Mikhaila Friel. Walter Hickey rounds out the team on edits.
The story explores how dramatically Harry’s life changed after his mother’s death, which is largely attributed to invasive paparazzi chasing her car and causing a devastating fatal crash. The young prince quickly learned how being a royal is more than difficult. Your life is not your own and you are constantly scrutinized by the public. Every move you make is judged, and Harry made it a point to rebel as much as possible to deal with it all.
When Harry met Meghan Markle, the American actress became an easy target for the media. The reaction was immediate, with disgusting racial slurs (her mother is African American and her father is white) hurled at Markle, and the invasion of privacy was unprecedented, even for her mother. After their Royal Wedding, however, Harry and Meghan shocked the world by exiting the life of queens, dukes, and princes.
Whether or not you care about England’s elite, the story is interesting and reveals a much darker, less appealing side to crowns and palaces. And while some may tell the rich and famous to stop whining, it is important to remember they are humans, too.
The free comic is available to read on Insider’s website. Click here to begin The Great Escape.