Us Weekly: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Decision to Step Back May Be a Blow to the Royal Family

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's decision to step back from their royal duties might have a significant blowback on the royal family, a source revealed. 

Since the world got introduced to Prince Harry and former actress Meghan Markle as a couple, it has been one surprise after another.

The couple has broken the rules and set trends, and they seem to be at it once again. However, their latest decision is unprecedented and might be a significant blow to the royal family.

 Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visiting Tembisa township to learn about Youth Employment Services (YES) on October 2, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on an official visit to South Africa.| Photo: Getty Images.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visiting Tembisa township to learn about Youth Employment Services (YES) on October 2, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on an official visit to South Africa.| Photo: Getty Images.

A royal expert, Richard Fitzwilliam, said as much while speaking with US Weekly. In his opinion, nothing like this has ever happened in the royal family, and it's going to take a while to get used to.

He said,

"There's no doubt at all that what we've seen is something that is a blow to the royal family because they were the modernizing face of it globally from a charitable intent."

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle depart from Catalyst Inc, Northern Ireland’s next generation science park on March 23, 2018 in Belfast, Nothern Ireland | Photo: Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle depart from Catalyst Inc, Northern Ireland’s next generation science park on March 23, 2018 in Belfast, Nothern Ireland | Photo: Getty Images

The expert believes that the media scrutiny Harry and Meghan have been subjected to since their relationship began played a significant role. He noted that it made the couple deeply unhappy.

Fitzwilliam also believes that the Duchess and Duke of Sussex's decision will allow them to do things the way they want. But he is concerned about what the two would do for money if the taxpayers no longer fund them.

The latter is an attempt to give Archie an education on British traditions and that of his mother's American roots

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex tend to their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor at a meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation during their royal tour of South Africa | Photo: Getty Images

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex tend to their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor at a meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation during their royal tour of South Africa | Photo: Getty Images

The next few months would determine how that plays out. In the meantime, the Royals would continue to represent the various charities they work with.

In a statement released by the couple on their joint Instagram page, they wrote that they decided after months of reflection. In their words,

"We intend to step back as senior members of the Royal family and work to become financially independent while continuing to support Her Majesty, the Queen fully."

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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

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The parents-of-one will balance their time between the UK and North America. The latter is an attempt to give Archie an education on British traditions and that of his mother's American roots.

The Duke and Duchess will also change how they relate to the media. They will work more with grassroots news outlets in a way that guarantees transparency.

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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

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The news of Harry and Meghan's exit led to a lot of reactions on social media. While many slammed the mom-of-one, others supported the move, cheering the couple on.

Whatever public opinion is about the couple's decision, the two will always put their immediate family first before anything. For them, that's the most vital thing.

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