Meghan Markle and Prince Harry made a statement that they’re stepping back from their jobs as senior royals, and it has shocked everyone — even Queen Elizabeth II. Supposedly, before their statement went live, the couple didn’t run this decision by anyone.
“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,” the statement read. “It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment.”
Prince Harry and Meghan feel as if this is a “progressive new role,” but Buckingham Palace isn’t pleased. The timing is also very suspicious, as it was announced shortly after the couple had their first royal engagement of 2020 at the Canada House in London.
The news was leaked by royal correspondent Jonny Dymond, who wrote the following on Twitter: “BREAKING. BBC Understands that no other member of the Royal Family was consulted before Harry and Meghan issued their personal statement tonight, the Palace is understood to be ‘disappointed.'”
Many speculate that the decision came about due to Meghan’s time in the public eye. Plenty of people weren’t fans of the former Suits actress marrying into royalty and refused to give her a chance — sadly, a lot of criticism stemmed from the fact that she’s the first mixed-race royal in recent history. Prince Harry notably lost his mom, Princess Diana, in a tragic way after paparazzi wouldn’t leave her alone. It speaks volumes about his commitment to protecting his wife and son.
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