The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, took to Instagram to announce that they are stepping back as “senior” members of Royal family.
They further intend to become financially independent and no longer want to receive the taxpayers’ funding.
In a joint statement, they said:
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.
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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
Twitterati are having a field day as the news came to light and have all sorts of reactions.
This girl appreciated the move to step away from “toxicity” and hoped that desis take a lesson from it too.
Ahem.. we couldn’t stop ourselves from sharing this hilarious meme!
This guy made a funny comparison regarding the current situation.
People are calling out the British “media” for their harsh coverage of the younger royal couple that led to this move and how they still haven’t learned from it!
People can’t wait for The Crown to portray how the queen handled the situation.
The Queen’s office responded in a statement saying, “Discussions with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage. We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through.”
Meghan had been struggling with the coverage and scrutiny she had been receiving from British press ever since she became part of the Royal family. Previously, in an interview she had acknowledged that she was “struggling” with all the media attention stating, “…not many people have asked if I’m OK, but it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.”
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