On Wednesday morning, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle AKA The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they would be stepping back as “‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent.”
The pair added that they would be balancing their time between the U.K. and the U.S., partly so that their son Archie Harrison Mounbatten-Windsor will have “an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born,” and also to give the family “the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity.”
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“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA
Meghan especially has faced a lot of trolls, racism, and unfair criticism as the Duchess of Sussex. She has said in interviews that while her British friends warned her that the tabloids would “destroy” her life, she was unprepared for the extent of the harassment.
The pair has gone so far as to sue several tabloids over allegedly hacking Meghan’s phone and publishing private letters between the Duchess and her estranged family members, and Harry has multiple times blamed the press for trying to do to Meghan what they did to his mother, Princess Diana.
“There comes a point when the only thing to do is to stand up to this behaviour, because it destroys people and destroys lives,” he said of the bullying tabloids. “Put simply, it is bullying, which scares and silences people. We all know this isn’t acceptable, at any level. We won’t and can’t believe in a world where there is no accountability for this.”
“My deepest fear is history repeating itself,” Harry added. “I’ve seen what happens when someone I love is commoditised to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person. I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces.”
All of this is to say, WE STAN.
[clears throat for a full minute] megxit https://t.co/o2mgmY2NQ4
— julia reinstein 🚡 (@juliareinstein) January 8, 2020
Harry & Meghan writing that IG post like pic.twitter.com/y8DHncjD8F
— Christina Grace (@C_GraceT) January 8, 2020
meghan markle said y’all don’t own me https://t.co/y0DCD4Wj1w
— Meena Harris (@meenaharris) January 8, 2020
royal reporters now wondering how they’re going to pay their bills without Harry & Meghan in that family pic.twitter.com/r01tBNYZgz
— the duchess (@MarkleDuchess) January 8, 2020
Princess Diana in heaven watching the Queen read the Harry & Meghan news
— Eliza (@elizardd) January 8, 2020
Cast Meghan in the next season of SUCCESSION
— Lauren Collins (@laurenzcollins) January 8, 2020
I don’t keep up with “the royals” or care that much, but something about Harry & Meghan being like “we out” is really enjoyable.
I’ve seen people treat them like shit just for being together, and watching them be like “ya we’re done with this and going to canada” is amazing.
— Jesse Cox (@JesseCox) January 8, 2020
Meghan overthrew the monarchy in less than 2 years, nothing but respect for my independent Queen of England https://t.co/umDSLFNpF7
— JOE (@JXEKER) January 8, 2020
Meghan & Harry to the Royal Family: pic.twitter.com/QqXtiVWADu
— Tia Mitchell (@TIAreports) January 8, 2020
— Camilla Blackett (@camillard) January 8, 2020