"When I first met my now-husband, my friends were really happy for me because I was so happy. But my British friends said to me, 'I'm sure he's great, but you shouldn't do it, 'cause the British tabloids will destroy your life.'"
Prior to that sage advice Meghan Markle received when she first met Prince Harry in 2016, it's not as if the potential pitfalls of marrying into Britain's royal family had been hidden away from public view.
Harry's own mother, Princess Diana, had been hounded literally to death by paparazzi, a nightmare come true after years of being the tabloids' favorite target. As well-liked as the Princess of Wales was among the people, not even her careful cultivation of the press' attention over the years ended up being enough to earn a modicum of peace, and toward the end of her life she was debating leaving England altogether.
So let's just say, when the going got bad, Harry wasn't going to wait around and watch the situation get even worse for his young family.