A few years ago, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle captured the world’s attention when they got married in St George Chapel at Windsor Castle. Roughly two years later, they have our attention again. This time they are shaking up the British monarchy with a bombshell announcement about their intentions going forward.
According to Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s website, sussexroyal.com, the couple plans to step back from royal life so that they can achieve a progressive new role and work to be financially independent. They will continue to serve Her Majesty The Queen, The Monarchy, as well as the Commonwealth; however, they will spend their time between the United Kingdom and North America.
This bold move will allow them to raise their son away from the intrusive media in the UK and focus on their future endeavors.
Public Reaction to Prince Harry and Meghan’s Decision
The decision by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to step away from being senior members of the royal family came as a shock to many people around the world. Some people went on social media to blast the decision, with some blaming Meghan Markle for ruining the royal family.
In the past, Prince Harry has hinted he wanted to make this bold move. According to an interview he conducted with the Daily Mail on Sunday, the Duke of Sussex said that relinquishing his royal duties to have a “common life” appeals to him because he once served in the army. He went on to say, ” I wasn’t a Prince, I was just Harry.”
A statement from Buckingham Palace stated, “discussions with Duke and Duchess of Sussex were still at an early stage.”
I first want to say I am American, so I don’t understand the kerfuffle over Prince Harry and Meghan’s decision.
Prince Harry is a Virgo (September 15, 1984) like me. I understand his need to branch out and live his life. Look — his chances of being King of the United Kingdom is low. He is currently the sixth person in the line of succession.
I believe Prince Harry’s thoughts about life changed after he married and had his son, Archie. Notions of raising his family in England with an overbearing media didn’t equate. That same media, after all, lead to his beloved and protective mother’s (Princess Diana) untimely death.
I wish both the Duke and Duchess of Sussex well wishes on their next chapter in life. I hope they continue to support their family, the Commonwealth, and their dreams in 2020.
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