Fact check: No evidence that Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan are divorcing

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The claim: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have signed divorce papers

Thousands of Facebook users have weighed in on Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan's marriage in response to a post claiming the couple has ended their marriage.

"MEDIA SHOCK! Harry & Meghan Have Finally Signed The DIVORCE Papers," the post, published June 16 by a page called Micall monuz, reads.

The post, which accrued more than 900 shares and 4,000 comments in just over a week, features a roughly nine-minute-long video detailing reasons the couple's marriage was supposedly failing, including that Meghan's control over Harry "made him feel suffocated and want to run away."

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, and Harry, the Duke, have been open about the challenges they've faced, including tension over their decision to step back from royal duties and move to the U.S.

However, as some commenters noted, there's no evidence to support this claim. Neither the couple nor any news outlets have reported that Harry and Meghan are divorced or are planning to divorce.

USA TODAY reached out to the page that posted the claim for comment.

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No evidence the Duke and Duchess have divorced

The claim that Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are seeking a divorce is baseless, as independent fact-checking outlets such as PolitiFact and Check Your Fact have also reported.

No reputable news outlets or members of the royal family have reported that Prince Harry and Meghan are seeking divorce. The only social media page that the couple keeps, an Instagram account called @sussexroyal, also has no mention of a divorce.

The Facebook post that made this claim offers no evidence to back it up and also contradicts itself. While the post claimed the couple had signed divorce papers in the caption of the video, the video itself says there is no solid evidence to support the claim.

"The signing of the divorce papers is just a rumor in the media," the narrator of the video says. "The royal couple has yet to confirm. But experts say they may be hiding it or it will happen soon."

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The couple recently appeared together in public for events such as the Platinum Jubilee, which celebrated Queen Elizabeth II's 70th year on the throne. They were photographed holding hands as they entered St. Paul's Cathedral.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have previously been the subjects of other rumors debunked by USA TODAY.

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Our rating: False

Based on our research, we rate FALSE the claim that Prince Harry and Meghan have signed divorce papers. No reputable sources have reported that the couple is divorced or planning to divorce. The only source for the claim is a Facebook page that said in the video accompanying the post that it is "just a rumor" and that the couple has not confirmed it.

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