There is no need for an introduction; all you need to know is that I’m shook. Megan Markle and Prince Harry have come to the decision of stepping away from their senior royal lifestyle in order to achieve financial independence. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared the news on social media, Wednesday afternoon.
They stated that the choice will allow them to raise their child, Archie, in the way they think is best. As well as intending to split their time between the United Kingdom and North America and focus on their newest charity.
“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
Not All In The Same Page.
Allegedly, this may have come as a surprised to the rest of the Royal Family. BBC’s royal correspondent, Jonny Dymond, stated that “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.”
The Queen also seems to have a different approach to it. This is seen in Buckingham Palace’s saying that “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.”
We Saw The Signs
In retrospective, however, the couple has been giving us hints regarding their desires to break way. In just two years, they have become parents and established their own household (as seen when moving from Kensington Palace to Windsor).
The first clue was The Duchess confessing to the strain the spotlight has put on her to ITV News for the documentary, “Harry and Meghan: An African Journey.”
“It’s hard,” she said, “I don’t think anybody could understand that.” As for Prince Harry, his motivation regarding his decision is no other than his mother, Princess Diana, and the car crash that caused her death back in Paris of 1996 and him claiming that the media interferes with their lives.
Can’t Be Too Careful
Harry has taken the initiative of taking legal actions against the British media, having engaged against a tabloid over privacy issues in October. Some time later, according to Buckingham Palace, he also pursued some UK media outlets because of “illegal interception of voicemails.”
The soon to be ex-royals actually do have an idea of what to do next. They have launched a website, sussexroyal.com, which explains their future projects, making things semiofficial.
They are keeping Frogmore Cottage as their residence in Europe. With The Queen’s permission, of course.
They intend to stay active on social media without participating in the Royal Rota, the system that gives the media access to the Royal Family’s affairs.
They will keep supporting The Queen and all aspects of the monarchy.
They plan to shape their own Sussex Royal charity around community action and progressive change.
Finally, hoping to become financially independent from The Crown, they will no longer receive help from the Sovereign Grant.