Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Souvenirs Have Been Scrubbed From The Royal Family’s Website

If you were hoping to grab some wedding souvenirs featuring the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, you are out of luck, at least, you are out of luck on the official website for the royal family. In recent days, the team behind the royal’s site has been hard at work scrubbing the gift shop of any mention of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. In fact, searching for their names bring up precisely zero results. Is the sudden change to the website proof that the royal family is angry with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle?

The royal family scrubs Meghan Markle and Prince Harry from their official website

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made the bold decision to step back from senior royal life. A desire to forge their own path and the British press’ treatment of the couple seemingly informed their decision. Now, however, it looks like the royal family is trying to pretend the couple never existed, and the palace staff is busy removing any trace of the couple from the royal website’s souvenir shop.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex arrive at the British High Commissioner residency in Johannesburg
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex | MICHELE SPATARI/AFP via Getty Images

Those interested in the royal family can shop for souvenirs and trinkets from the Royal Collection directly online. The webshop houses everything from sweets to china to home goods. Most of the pieces in the collection seem to celebrate a monumental moment in the royal family’s history. Souvenirs commemorating royal weddings, the birth of royal children and wedding anniversary have all been produced. While the majority sell out quickly, they remain on the website for viewing. That is, unless a couple chooses to step back, apparently.

Is the removal of their souvenirs a snub?

Amid “Megxit,” followers of the royal family, are looking for any hint that Queen Elizabeth II is angry with the couple for stepping down from royal duties. While the queen’s statement on the matter was concise and didn’t suggest any hint of anger, followers believe there is trouble brewing beneath the surface. Is the removal of the couple’s china from the royal website an indication of a rift? It looks like it.

According to Radar Online, the china has long since been sold out but was available for viewing directly on the royal website. In the wake of “Megxit,” all images of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been removed from the site. While the royal family would have followers believe that the sold-out nature of the product is the reason that it’s been removed from the site, that doesn’t seem likely. Princess Eugenie’s china, which is also sold out, still appears on the website. Princess Eugenie married Jack Brooksbank in October 2018.  

The removal of the couple’s souvenirs didn’t occur until after they announced their decision to step back from royal life, and set down roots outside of the United Kingdom. The timing certainly seems to give credence to the idea that the royal family is scrubbing the couple from royal history.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex aren’t the only royals to step down from duty

While the prince and his bride’s decision to walk away from royal life was shocking, it’s not entirely unprecedented. Throughout history, several royals have shunned their responsibilities in favor of a quieter life, and one man’s decision to step down actually led to the current-day royal family. King Edward VIII stepped down from the throne for love, leading to the current line of royals.

King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson on a shore excursion during their Mediterranean cruise
King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson | Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

King Edward VIII stepped down so he could marry Wallis Simpson, an American socialite who had been twice divorced when she met the king. Prince Edward VIII stepped away from royal life when it became clear that the government would never support his marriage. They went on to marry and remained together until the death of King Edward VIII in 1972. Simpson never married again and was buried next to her late husband in 1986. According to Biography, the pair’s love story is considered one of the greatest of all time. King Edward VIII’s decision to step down led to the appointment of King George VI. King George VI was the father of Queen Elizabeth II.