Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have exploded Twitter after their bombshell announcement of stepping back from royal duties.
On Wednesday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their intention “to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family.”
Their statement on Instagram read, “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.”
Further adding, “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.”
The Duke and Duchess also confirmed that they will “continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties.”
Furthermore, a Palace spokeswoman added, “Discussions with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage. We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through.”
People on Twitter have a varied response to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepping down. The #Megxit has been trending online.
One person wrote, “Free advice: If you’ve had more negative things to say about Harry & Meghan walking away from the throne than you’ve had to say about Prince Andrew you probably need to reassess your life.”
While another said, “Apparently the reason the Royal Family are annoyed is because they didn’t have advance warning from Harry & Meghan over their decision So presumably they knew in advance about Andrew being a nonce seeing as they were significantly less vocal over that?”
Columnist Katie Hopkins tweeted, “After Brexit … #Megxit. Meghan stole Prince Harry. He is but a shadow of the ‘top lad with his nob out’ we used to know and love. Evil wench.”
The couple has just returned from their break in Canada.
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