Buckingham Palace and the world received some startling news recently. In an unparalleled move, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle have announced they intend to “step down” from their royal duties and earn an independent income. Even more shocking, they did not consult the Queen before making the announcement! Here’s everything you need to know about this breaking news…
Prince Harry’s and Duchess Meghan’s Shocking Announcement
Usually, royal news only shocks the world. However, this time, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle rocked the world as a whole – including the Queen! Last Wednesday, January 8, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle announced that they intend to “step back as senior members of the Royal Family.” The opening sentence alone sent the world into a spin! What could that possibly mean? What will their new connection to Her Majesty be? Thankfully, the couple did unveil some clues as to what their future will entail.
“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,” the couple continued. “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.”
Big Ideas With No Specifics
The couple also announced that they will divide their time between the UK and Canada, while continuing to “honor our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages.” According to Royal Family experts, this could mean that the Prince and Duchess intend to work with the palace, but on their own terms. Most likely, they will branch out into new charitable areas, perhaps creating a whole new organization!
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle did give at least one reason for the change: their firstborn son, Archie. “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,” they wrote. Meanwhile, no one can ignore the fact that the British tabloids have repeatedly thrashed Duchess Meghan since her arrival in the UK. From her race to her mannerisms and schedule, she’s been under a microscope. So, experts suggest that the couple likely simply wants to live a calmer life.
“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 royal couple concluded.
An Emergency Meeting
As reports continued coming out, the media discovered the royal couple never consulted anyone about the decision; not even the Queen herself, Prince Harry’s grandmother! Traditionally, in the royal family, pregnancies, decisions, deliberations, everything, first brought to the Queen before anyone else. So, the fact that the news surprised the Queen should show just how drastic the new is. In response to the announcement, the Royal Family put out their own statement: “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.”
The “working through” will begin on Monday, January 13, when the Queen holds an “emergency” meeting with Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Prince Phillip, and herself. The royal family says they would like to find a “workable” solution. There’s a good reason for this: Prince Harry is sixth in line for the throne, after his father, Prince Charles, his brother, Prince William, and his three children. According to sources, the Queen intends to keep Prince Harry in line, despite the shocking statement from last week.
We eagerly await more updates about this incredible decision!