Royal Expert Explains Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Giving up Duties: 'Archie Will No Longer Be the Royal Heir'

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle announced that they would step back as senior members of the royal family. Our royal expert Yehor Brailian exclusively explained to us what the drastic move means.

The couple, who tied the knot on May 19, 2018, and welcomed their first child, Archie Harrison, on May 6, 2019, took the dramatic decision of stepping back as “senior members” of the royal family.

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Today, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son Archie was christened at Private Chapel at Windsor Castle. The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge attended the Christening. Photograph 1 was taken in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle. Seated (L - R): The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke of Sussex, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, The Duchess of Sussex, The Duchess of Cambridge ​Standing (L - R): The Prince of Wales, Ms Doria Ragland, Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, The Duke of Cambridge This second photograph of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and Archie was taken in the Rose Garden at Windsor Castle. 📷 Chris Allerton /©️SussexRoyal

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HARRY AND MEGHAN'S DECISION

In a lengthy statement shared on the pair’s official Instagram page, they revealed that they had been reflecting and discussing the shocking move for “many months,” and that they would work to become financially independent.

Prince Harry and Meghan remarked, though, that they would do so while continuing to support Queen Elizabeth and the Crown.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on October 2, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa | Source: Getty Images/Global Images Ukraine

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on October 2, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa | Source: Getty Images/Global Images Ukraine

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex added that they would split their time between North America and the UK to raise Archie “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.”

Finally, they wrote that they were planning to launch a new charitable entity and also emphasized that they would keep collaborating with Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, and Prince William.

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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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At the moment, plenty of things are unclear, primarily because no member of the royals has explained in detail what Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision will cause for the family.

In our efforts to have a better understanding of the situation, we contacted our royal family expert and editor of the Toynbee Prize Foundation blog Yehor Brailian, who helped us break down the royal family tree and also explained to us some similarities and differences between Lady Diana and Meghan Markle.

Royal family expert Yehor Brailian

Royal family expert Yehor Brailian

EXPLANATION FROM OUR ROYAL FAMILY EXPERT YEHOR BRAILIAN

Brailian exclusively told AmoMama that, while most people got surprised when they heard about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s decision, people who have been following the couple even before the royal wedding were not that shocked.

Megxit, as some journalists have been referring to Harry and Meghan’s move, was something more or less expected as the former “Suits” actress could never fit into the atmosphere of the British royal family.

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‪This evening The Duke and Duchess of Sussex accompanied Her Majesty The Queen and members of @TheRoyalFamily to the annual @RoyalBritishLegion Festival of Remembrance. This special event, which has taken place every year since 1923 at the @RoyalAlbertHall, commemorates all those who have lost their lives in conflicts.‬ • ‪This year’s Festival marked the 75th anniversary of a number of crucial battles of 1944, with a particular emphasis on the collaboration and friendship of the British, Commonwealth and Allied armies who fought them. A unique tribute was given to acknowledge those involved both past and present, culminating in a special parade of some of the last surviving veterans who fought and served in 1944.‬ • ‪Their Royal Highnesses, who last year attended their first Festival of Remembrance together, were honoured to once again pay tribute to all casualties of war and remember those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.‬ ‪#FestivalOfRemembrance ‪#WeWillRememberThem‬ Photo © PA / Royal British Legion

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Our expert brought back a couple of situations in which Meghan violated a prohibition, including the time when she spent Christmas with the royals before officially becoming a member of the family (December 2017).

Brailian also explained that, from now on, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be involved in charitable work, travels to different countries, and other social projects without the “trail of moral authority” that they used to have.

Prince Harry, Duchess Meghan, and their baby son Archie on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa | Source: Getty Images/Global Images Ukraine

Prince Harry, Duchess Meghan, and their baby son Archie on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa | Source: Getty Images/Global Images Ukraine

Our royal expert and author pointed out that the modern ruling dynasty of the Windsor was not happy about their decision because it destroyed the image of the monarchy among British society. He added:

“Representatives of the royal family are now perceived as ordinary people with their shortcomings, hobbies, and emotions, and not the rulers of the country chosen by God.”

IT IS NOT AN ANOMALY

Brailian stressed that the situation was “by no means an anomaly,” recalling what happened with Edward VIII, who became the King of the UK in January 1936. The monarch married Wallis Simpson, a divorcee.

At that moment, the rules of marriage were stricter, and the Church of England opposed remarriage after divorce.

Edward VIII in uniform as colonel of the Welsh Guards in 1919 | Source: Wikimedia Commons

Edward VIII in uniform as colonel of the Welsh Guards in 1919 | Source: Wikimedia Commons

Even though Edward VIII suggested a morganatic marriage, which means that he would remain King but Wallis would not receive the title of Queen and their children wouldn’t be in line to the throne, the government rejected the idea.

Edward eventually abdicated and married Wallis in France. As a result, the Royal family forced him to stay away from the UK if he didn’t want to be financially cut off.

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What an incredibly special surprise the grassroots led #globalsussexbabyshower was last Sunday! The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are immensely grateful for the outpouring of love and support in anticipation of the birth of their first child. In lieu of sending gifts, the couple have long planned to encourage members of the public to make donations to select charities for children and parents in need. If you already made a donation, the couple send you their greatest thanks. If you are thinking about it, they ask that you kindly consider the following organisations they’ve selected, which we will highlight here over the next few days: @thelunchboxfund @littlevillagehq @wellchild @baby2baby The Duke and Duchess remain appreciative for your warm wishes and kindness during this especially happy time in their lives! Thank you for sharing the love ❤️

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Our expert added that, as a result of Meghxit, “Archie will no longer be the royal heir” and that taxpayers will no longer support them, monetarily speaking.

Brailian suggested that one of the reasons for their decision was that they were tired of the “media life as monarchs.” People, on the other hand, claimed that the relationship between the Sussexes and the Cambridges was quite negative.

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The Duke of Sussex attends the ‘Our Planet’ premiere at the Natural History Museum with The Prince of Wales and The Duke of Cambridge, lending their joint support for the protection of our environment. As president of @africanparksnetwork, The Duke of Sussex continues to advocate for the communities and wildlife that coexist in some of the most vulnerable environments around the world. Be it human wildlife conflict or natural disasters, these communities (park rangers, school children, families) are on the frontline of conservation and we must do more to help them as we also work to safeguard the animals and landscapes that are in critical danger. A few recent photos that look back on: Prince Harry’s long time commitment to this cause as well as a glimpse into the work he and The Duchess of Sussex did in 2017. Their Royal Highnesses travelled to Botswana to assist Dr. Mike Chase of Elephants Without Borders in equipping a bull elephant with a satellite collar. Approximately 100 elephants are poached/killed every day for their ivory tusks. Using satellite technology allows conservationists to track their critical migratory patterns and to protect them and the local communities from human wildlife conflict. The elephant pictured was sedated for just 10 minutes before he was up and back with his herd. Tracking his movements has allowed conservationists to better protect him and other elephants and ensure heightened protection for these beautiful creatures moving forward. Photo credit: PA, Image 1

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CELEBRITIES REACTING TO MEGHAN AND HARRY'S DECISION

They claimed that, when Harry and Meghan started dating, William cautioned his younger brother about moving too fast with the former actress, and it would have created tension between them.

Nowadays, it is hard to say what the future holds for Prince Harry, Duchess Meghan, and the royal family. However, some celebrities have managed to make light of the situation by posting photos and messages on social media.

Actress Amy Schumer, for instance, shared a picture of her husband Chris Fisher pushing her on the beach with the caption:

“Chris and I are formally stepping down from our royal duties. We appreciate your support.”

Trevor Noah of the “Daily Show” also posted a fake job vacancy on Twitter in a way to make the couple join the show’s staff.

Only time will tell how the lives of Prince Harry, Duchess Meghan Markle, and Archie Harrison will be like from now on.

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