Why have Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ditched the royal family?
It’s official, everyone. Meghan Markle & Prince Harry are no longer working members of the royal family. This has been incoming since March 2020, when the pair announced that they were going to step away from work within the royal family in order to become private citizens. As previously reported, the pair did try for a sort of part-time royal arrangement, but it didn’t happen.
In more news released on Friday, the couple revealed that they will no longer keep their patronages aka their royal involvement with their various UK charities. It’s the last word on them leaving royal work officially. Prince Harry & Meghan Markle are finally done with being full-time royals.
What else do you need to know? Let’s take a look.
So what happens now?
As previously reported, Meghan Markle & Prince Harry will retain but not use the titles of “His/Her Highness”. They will retain the titles along with the Duke & Duchess of Sussex title that was given to the pair by the Queen following their marriage. Prince Harry will also lose all his honorary military appointments, which will be redistributed “among working members of The Royal Family.”
Patronages that Meghan Markle & Prince Harry were involved in such as “the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, the Rugby Football Union, the Rugby Football League, the Royal National Theatre, and the Association of Commonwealth Universities” will revert back to the Queen.
Basically, it was what everyone was expecting to begin with.
What does the Queen have to say?
In a statement released by Buckingham Palace, it read, “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have confirmed to Her Majesty The Queen that they will not be returning as working members of The Royal Family.”
It continued, “Following conversations with The Duke, The Queen has written confirming that in stepping away from the work of The Royal Family it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service.” The statement concludes with, “While all are saddened by their decision, the Duke and Duchess remain much loved members of the family.”
Meghan Markle & Prince Harry made the decision to step back from royal life due to the intense media scrutiny amongst other things. They have since moved to North America.
What’s next for Meghan Markle & Prince Harry?
A lot, actually. The couple announced that they are expecting their second child. They have one son, Archie, together. In addition to becoming parents for the second time, they have started their own media ventures, including a podcast deal with Spotify and a major deal with Netflix. Needless to say, the pair of them seem like they’re handling the transition well enough.
They also are preparing for their first interview since leaving London with Oprah Winfrey, which is set to air on CBS. It will air on March 7. So, who knows? Maybe we’ll get some more answers about the couple’s decision to leave royal life and how they’re adjusting to being private citizens again. It’s something, at least, that we’ll have to keep an eye on moving forward.
Finally, in their own statement, the Duke & Duchess said that they “remain committed to their duty and service to the UK and around the world”. They added that they “offered their continued support to the organisations they have represented regardless of official role.” Their spokesman concluded with, “We can all live a life of service. Service is universal.”
What do you think now that Meghan Markle & Prince Harry have officially 100% left being full time royals? How do you think that the other members of the House of Windsor is handling the transition?