American Politician Blames Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ‘Crisis’ on ‘Racist’ U.K. Politics and ‘Sick’ Paparazzi

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, also known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have had many struggles as members of the royal family. After the American actress married the prince in 2018, the British press has been dragging the couple (but mostly Meghan Markle). The public scrutiny has taken such a toll on Harry and Meghan that they recently announced their resignation as senior royal members. One American politician, former presidential candidate Howard Dean, had a lot to say about it on Twitter.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Ben Birchall – WPA Pool / Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s announcement: they are leaving the royal family

On Jan. 8, 2020, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced via an Instagram post that they will resign from their roles in the royal family.

“After many months of reflection and internal discussions,” the caption began, “we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution.”

Harry and Meghan’s post continued, going more into detail:

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.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex after their wedding ceremony | Aaron Chown – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wrote that the “geographic balance” between the two continents will be ideal. It will mean that they can raise their son 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, including the launch of our new charitable entity.”

The royal couple finished the Instagram post: “please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” The long caption was signed, “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.”

Harry and Meghan’s tumultuous past with the tabloids

The British media have been hounding Meghan and Harry since day one. The couple even sued certain publications after they released letters and voicemails of Meghan Markle and her father.

Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle | Yui Mok – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Not to mention, in the documentary Harry and Meghan: An African Journey, Prince Harry said the constant tabloid presence is “the worst reminder” of Princess Diana, his mother who died as a result of a press-related car chase. Meghan Markle also told the interviewer she was “not OK,” dealing with all of the media as a new mother. This helps explain their ultimate decision to resign.

American politician Howard Dean responded to the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle statement on Twitter

American politician Howard Dean, former Governor of Vermont and 2004 Democratic presidential candidate, took to his Twitter account to express his opinions on the matter. Dean took issue with a Guardian headline that called the royal situation a “crisis.”

Governor Howard Dean | Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage

“What ‘Harry and Meghan’ crisis? Leave them alone,” he wrote. Dean went on to blame the tabloids, as well as the politicians in the United Kingdom.

“This is a ‘crisis’ manufactured by the forever sick UK paparazzi in a society that just voted twice to get out of the EU because they don’t like immigrants and whose two major parties are racist,” Dean tweeted, referencing Brexit and the recent U.K. elections. “Fix that and leave M and H alone.”

One follower concurred wholeheartedly, writing: “I couldn’t agree more. Harry essentially said, I saw what the press did to my mother, and I don’t want it to happen again. Wise words.”

However, others did not come to the same conclusion. One tweeter argued:

No, Harry and Megahn should have consulted the Queen and her team before annoucing their plans. It is out of courtesy and manners to do it. You notified your employer if you are leaving. They did it to themselves.

Meghan and Harry fans were quick to respond to the criticism.

“Are you kidding?” one royal fan wrote back. “They have been subjected to so much hurtful racism. I admire the Hell out of them for taking a stand and defending themselves.”