Prince Harry & Meghan Markle's Decision to Step Back from Royal Duties Sparks Mixed Reactions from Celebrities
Following the decision of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to step back on their duties as senior royals, many celebrities have taken to social media to voice their support for the Sussex Royals.
British actress Jameela Jamil led the show of support from celebrities, as she responded to a Sky Breaking News tweet of the news of Meghan and Harry's announcement, and tweeted:
"And that folks, is what power looks like. [emoji]."
Comedian Amy Schumer offered light-hearted support for Meghan and Harry on Instagram, posting a photo of her and husband, Chris Fischer pushing her as she sat on a 1-seat cart, holding some belongings. She captioned the post thus:
"Chris and I are formally stepping down from our royal duties. We appreciate your support."
There was also a post on Instagram by author Maria Shriver, who posted a picture of Meghan and Harry's announcement. In her long caption, Maria stated that the decision by the Royals was big news.
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Talk about New Year’s resolutions! The news just now that the @sussexroyal, aka Meghan and Harry are stepping back is big news! What I take away is that they are stepping up in their own lives in a way that works for them. They want to make their own way. Oftentimes, you have to step back, reflect, reassess, and reenter in a new way. Let’s wish them well. Let’s root for them. I’m sure they are trying to carve out their own lives, while also being of service to their larger duty. It’s never easy but possible. Let’s encourage instead of discourage. Let’s root, not rip down. And, let’s remember, none one of us knows what went into a decision like this. Let’s bet on love! #abovethenoise
She opined that people often had to step back, reflect, reassess, and re-enter in a new way, and also urged people to support the young royal couple in their quest to carve out their own lives.
Andy Cohen openly invited Meghan Markle to join the cast of "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"
Candace Owens, in her tweet, said that she predicted three months ago that Meghan Markle always wanted to convince her husband to quit his royal duties and step into the A-List Hollywood life.
Three months ago I publicly stated that Meghan’s obvious play was to convince Prince Harry to quit his role and to instead step into the A-list Hollywood life that she’s always wanted.— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) January 8, 2020
Meghan never wanted to be royal. She has always wanted fame.
Mission accomplished. https://t.co/2afbwTz3Of
Candace added that Meghan never wanted to be royal, but has always wanted fame, and ended her tweet by saying the Duchess of Sussex has accomplished her mission.
Matt Chorley also tweeted about the announcement, asking,
"Hang on, this means Meghan can play Meghan in the crown, doesn't it?"
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex sprung a surprise recently when they announced their intention to step back as members of the Senior Royal Family members.
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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
In making the announcement, Meghan and Harry stated that they would work to become financially independent while continuing to support the Queen.
They also stated that they would try to balance their time between the UK and North America, and raise Prince Archie in the tradition into which he was born.
Not long after the announcement, Meghan and Harry are already getting invitations to join Hollywood. Andy Cohen openly invited Meghan Markle to join the cast of "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills."
Whether Meghan accepts the open invitation is another topic, but many fans of the Sussex royals would be waiting for their next step following their announcement.