Meghan Markle & Prince Harry Announce They're Stepping Back from Senior Royal Roles and Twitter Reacts
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry shook the internet after their plans to step back from royalty became public news recently.
The internet has been agog since People broke the news that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry planned "step back as senior members of the Royal Family."
The couple revealed in a statement released on their official Instagram that besides splitting their time between the U.K. and North America, they would also "work to become financially independent while continuing to "support Her Majesty the Queen fully."
Just hours after the royal couple made their intention to make out time to build "a progressive new role," fans took to Twitter to air their opinions.
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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
canceling plans is ok. quitting the monarchy is ok. leaving the UK is ok. moving to canada is ok. posting a statement on IG is ok. not telling the palace you are leaving is ok. stuntin' on the queen is ok. do what u need to do to cope— Christina Grace (@C_GraceT) January 8, 2020
Singer-songwriter, Bette Midler, also gave her opinion as she wrote:
"What a sad story! They hounded and bullied her until it was no longer tenable to stay, just like Diana. They'll never learn until it hits them in the wallet. I hope she bankrupts them all."
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Having attended the 10th Annual One Young World opening ceremony on Tuesday, The Duchess of Sussex was joined today by The Duke of Sussex for a round table discussion on gender equity with OYW and Queen’s Commonwealth Trust young leaders. Over the last few days, these young leaders became @OneYoungWorld ambassadors with the intention to return to their communities and further existing initiatives to help change the world for the better. This year OYW partnered with the @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, of which The Duke and Duchess are President and Vice-President respectively, to provide scholarships to young leaders driving positive social impact in the Commonwealth. This was the most exciting collaboration between two groups The Duchess is passionate about and has been working with for some time. For more information and highlights from the week and how you can support these incredible leaders and their initiatives, visit @OneYoungWorld Photo © SussexRoyal / PA
A third Twitter user shared a hilarious video of two ladies walking away from a seemingly bad situation, with the caption:
"Meghan Markle and Prince Harry leaving the royal palace."
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry leaving the royal palace pic.twitter.com/QLcZrgfbco— c (@chuuzus) January 8, 2020
Another user crowned Meghan, the "queen of cutting off toxic people" and said that she wanted a similar energy in the new year.
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This evening, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the annual #WellChildAwards in London. WellChild aims to ensure every child and young person living with serious health needs has the best chance to thrive with the support and medical care needed in the comfort of their own home. The Duke of Sussex became Patron of WellChild in 2007, and last year both The Duke and Duchess attended the awards to honour the children and families that WellChild supports. The Duke, who first came to these awards over a decade ago, shared in his remarks tonight: “Last year when my wife and I attended we knew we were expecting our first child - no one else did at the time, but we did - and I remember squeezing Meghan’s hand so tightly during the awards, both of us thinking what it would be like to be parents one day, and more so, what it would be like to do everything we could to protect and help our child should they be born with immediate challenges or become unwell over time. And now, as parents, being here and speaking to all of you pulls at my heart strings in a way I could have never understood until I had a child of my own.” • To find out more about tonight’s event and how you can support this very special organisation, please visit @WellChild Photos ©️ PA images
Meanwhile, all "The Bachelor" star, Nicole Lopez-Alvar, cared about was following Meghan on Instagram.
People had called the move by the couple as a "dramatic and shocking" one especially since they were recently in the media several lawsuits with the U.K. press.
I CANNOT WAIT TO FOLLOW MEGHAN MARKLE ON INSTAGRAM— Nicole Lopez-Alvar (@nicolelovar) January 8, 2020
Amid all the drama, People reported that the duo had admitted that they were stressed about the continuous attack from media outlets.
During an interview with journalist Tom Bradby, Meghan, who had opened up on the tough time she endured during and after her pregnancy, said:
"Any woman, especially when they're pregnant, you're really vulnerable, and so that was made really challenging and then when you have a newborn, you know. And especially as a woman, it's a lot. So you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom or trying to be a newlywed."
Undoubtedly, fans cannot wait to see what the Queen's next move will be.