- Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced that they are stepping down from their duties, allegedly without telling the rest of the royal family.
- Queen Elizabeth responded to their announcement with a statement from Buckingham Palace and called it a ‘complicated issue.’
Everyone in the world likely thought January 8, 2020, was going to be just another normal day with absolutely zero drama to be had! But Meghan Markle and Prince Harry had other plans for us all, it seems. In a shocking announcement, Meghan and Harry announced via Instagram that they are stepping down from their senior royal duties. It’s a really dramatic day for fans of the Sussexes!
Meghan and Harry wrote:
‘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.’
While this announcement is surprising enough on its own, Meghan and Harry allegedly did not notify the queen (and the rest of the royals) about their decision to step down from their senior royal duties, meaning that Queen Elizabeth likely found out when the rest of the world did.
Jonny Dymond, a royal correspondent for BBC News, confirmed this likelihood and tweeted, ‘BBC understands that no other member of the Royal Family was consulted before Harry and Meghan issued their personal statement tonight, the Palace is understood to be “disappointed.”‘
BREAKING. BBC Understands that no other member of the Royal Family was consulted before Harry and Meghan issued their personal statement tonight, the Palace is understood to be ‘disappointed’.
— Jonny Dymond (@JonnyDymond) January 8, 2020
Following this update, the queen released a statement of her own through Buckingham Palace’s Twitter account. The queen claims that Meghan and Harry have a bit more work to do before fully stepping down from their duties because they’re still in an “early stage” of coming to an agreement. “Discussion with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage,” the statement read. ‘We understand the desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through.’
Buckingham Palace have sent their own statement out, adding that discussions with the couple are at “an early stage.” pic.twitter.com/aCXyEMQuW8
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) January 8, 2020
IDK about you, but I will certainly be keeping my eyes peeled like a banana for any further updates because this royal tea is scalding.
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