Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle May Not Actually Go Through with Megxit
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may have put their feet in their mouths. After having a tumultuous few months, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced that they would be stepping down from their positions as senior royals. As soon as they dropped this major bomb, the rest of the world went mad with questions. What would this mean for the monarchy? How did the queen feel about this? What would happen to Harry and Markle?
But now, it turns out that all of that worrying may have been for naught. As nothing can be official without good ol’ Elizabeth’s final approval.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle step down as senior royals
Anyone who follows the royal family closely has probably noticed what a tough year 2019 was for the Sussexes. They were scrutinized for every little thing that they did. And the British media didn’t let up on Markle throughout her pregnancy or when she was on maternity leave. It got so serious that Markle and Harry even had to sue the parent company of Mail on Sunday for some of the things that had been printed.
After such a rough year, the couple decided that it would be best if they stepped down from their roles. They made the announcement via Instagram.
“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,” the couple captioned a picture of themselves. “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.”
Along with the change in roles, the pair will also change addresses.
“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.”
Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might not get what they want
While Prince Harry and Markle want to take a step back from their current roles in the monarchy, they don’t want to give up being royal completely. Which means they need to do some negotiating with the Queen.
“If they had said, ‘Look, we’re out. We don’t want our titles, we want to live a completely private life, and we’re off,’ then that would be one thing. But wanting to have one foot in, and one foot out is very difficult,” Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine told HollywoodLife. “They want to stay working. They want to be working members of the royal family and therefore they want to be funded for when they work for the royal family, and they don’t want to be funded what they don’t.”
“Nobody knows the answers, and that’s why it’s caused such a furor here. Because no one’s ever done this,” she continued. “You can’t just step back from your heritage.”