The 'final straw' behind Meghan and Harry's fallout with the royal family: report

New details are coming to light regarding Meghan and Harry's shocking decision to break from the royal family earlier this month. 

From treatment by the British press (including racist explosives) and controversy over their political views, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have faced a long list of criticism even before they tied the knot in 2018. And while the buildup of tensions understandably contributed to their choice to step away from their roles as senior royals and start over in Canada, their decision ultimately came down to protecting the privacy of their son Archie, reports maintain. 

A new TMZ report claims that while Meghan understood she'd be under immense scrutiny as a royal, the birth of Archie last May is when things turned "sour." While Meghan and Harry sought to keep their son away from the public -- such as not participating in a public photocall after Archie's birth and keeping details of his christening under wraps -- British press were unhappy with the lack of access the couple divulged on their son.

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This official christening photograph released by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shows the Duke and Duchess with their son, Archie and (left to right) the Duchess of Cornwall, The Prince of Wales, Ms Doria Ragland, Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, The Duke of Cambridge and The Duchess of Cambridge in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle. Photo by Chris Allerton. 
This official christening photograph released by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shows the Duke and Duchess with their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor at Windsor Castle with the Rose Garden in the background. Photo by Chris Allerton. 
Visitors take pictures as the Changing of the Guard takes place outside Windsor Castle in Windsor ahead of the royal christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son, Archie, in the castle's intimate private chapel. RESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 6, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire
Visitors take pictures as the Changing of the Guard takes place outside Windsor Castle in Windsor ahead of the royal christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son, Archie, in the castle's intimate private chapel. RESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 6, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire
Camilla the dog outside Windsor Castle in Windsor ahead of the royal christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son, Archie, in the castle's intimate private chapel. RESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 6, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire
Royal superfan John Loughrey outside Windsor Castle in Windsor ahead of the royal christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son, Archie, in the castle's intimate private chapel. RESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 6, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire
A cake from a royal well-wisher outside Windsor Castle in celebration of the royal christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son, Archie, in the castle's intimate private chapel. RESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 6, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire
Visitors take pictures as the Changing of the Guard takes place outside Windsor Castle in Windsor ahead of the royal christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son, Archie, in the castle's intimate private chapel. RESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 6, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire
Royal fan John Loughrey, 64, camped out in Windsor ahead of the royal christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son, Archie, at Windsor Castle tomorrow.
Camera crews set up in Windsor ahead of the royal christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son, Archie, at Windsor Castle tomorrow.
Royal superfan John Loughrey holds a sign in celebration of the royal christening of Archie, the son of Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, outside Windsor Castle in England, Saturday, July 6, 2019. The 2-month-old son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be baptized Saturday in a private chapel at the castle by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, head of the Church of England. (Rick Findler/PA via AP)
Royal superfan John Loughrey, with company from Camilla the dog, prepares flags and posters in celebration of the royal christening of Archie, the son of Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, outside Windsor Castle in England, Saturday, July 6, 2019. The 2-month-old son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be baptized Saturday in a private chapel at the castle by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, head of the Church of England. (Rick Findler/PA via AP)
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According to the publication, "royal higher-ups" advised Meghan and Harry to be more "forthcoming" about access to Archie with pictures, but the couple pushed back.

Prince William and Kate Middleton, for example, are known to publish photographs of their children occasionally, but it's a precedent that Meghan and Harry chose not to follow. But, as heir to the throne, William is expected to be a little more open about his family than Harry. 

However, "The final straw" for the couple was the persistent criticism that Meghan received on Archie's christening.  

"They think if the British public aren't contributing financially then they don't have the same right to comment on their private life," a source told TMZ. 

It also seems that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's recent move to Vancouver Island, Canada, hasn't stopped the press from receiving access to the couple and their child. This weekend, photographs of Meghan walking with Archie and the family's two dogs in a public park were published by The Sun

On Wednesday, The New York Times reported that the couple's lawyers have sent a letter to British news outlets threatening legal action over the publication and purchases of the photos. The paparazzi reportedly used "all possible methods, including subterfuge" and hiding in bushes to capture the personal photos. Photographers are camping outside their rental home and some have even tried to take photos through the windows of their house. 

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