How many times did you want to be part of the royal family growing up? From TV to movies to books, the royal life has been glamorized as a ‘Must-Have’ for everyone. Well, it seems that the reality is far from fiction. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry recently announced that they were stepping away from royal life in 2020.
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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
They announced the news by sharing a statement on their official Instagram page and on their website. In the statement, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry confirmed that they were stepping back as ‘senior members’ of the Royal Family. In addition, they will also start working to become financially independent even as they continued to support Her Majesty The Queen. This means that they will no longer be receiving funding from the Sovereign Grant which catered to the Royals’ home and official expenses. By stepping back, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will now have a chance to earn a professional income, something they were previously prohibited to do. Furthermore, the couple now plans to split their time between the UK and North America in 2020. According to the statement, this will give them more time focus on their current and charitable ventures.
Meghan Markle has been the target of violent and often racist attacks from the media ever since she married Prince Harry and became the Duchess of Sussex. These attacks became even more unbearable during her pregnancy with her first child, with a section of the British press constantly hounding her and printing untrue stories about her. This all led to the Sussexes filling lawsuits against several British tabloids after Meghan gave birth. Part of stepping back from royal life has no doubt being inspired by that, as well as a desire to give their son a more normal and balanced life.
After the news came out, Buckingham Palace also released a statement which made it seem like this was a surprise to them as well. Even though this decision was months in the making, Buckingham Palace said that discussions around this with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were still ‘in the early stages’.
Buckingham Palace have sent their own statement out, adding that discussions with the couple are at “an early stage.” pic.twitter.com/aCXyEMQuW8
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