There’s a Royal Family scandal and everyone and their mama are in an uproar about it. People calm down! The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced yesterday that they’re stepping down — sort of — from their roles as senior members of the Royal Family. What does that mean exactly? It’s a bit of a murky situation because, in essence, Meghan Markle and Harry want to live a life of normalcy away from the Royal Family (apart from the U.K.) and not have to participate in their Royal duties. But they are still royalty for life regardless. However, people are seriously freaking out. They’re either on team “how dare she?” or team “it’s about damn time!”
First, let’s read their own words. On their Instagram page, the couple released the following statement: “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.”
This drastic move shouldn’t be seen as such. We’re in a new time — this is 2020! And no one should have to adhere to a lifestyle or policies that they don’t care to be involved in. Harry has always been an independent person, and we know that of Meghan as well, so this move should not be a surprise to anyone.
Their recent interview during their trip to Africa in October revealed some startling points. For starters, being a Royal is not an easy task, and this isn’t about some privileged person whining.
“Look, any woman, especially when they’re pregnant, you’re really vulnerable, so that was made really challenging,” she said last year. “It’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.” Meghan has called her life in the spotlight as a Royal a “struggle” and her husband has defended her every step of the way. “I lost my mother, and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces,” he said in that same interview.
The British press is ruthless. Just look at the life of Harry’s mother, the late Prince Diana. She too desired more privacy and did her best to shield her kids from that high-pressured life and attempted to give them some normalcy. Now that Meghan and Harry have a child, they have every right to lead a life of their choosing.
Meghan haters, including Piers Morgan who basically hates everyone except himself, tweeted, “People say I’m too critical of Meghan Markle — but she ditched her family, ditched her Dad, ditched most of her old friends, split Harry from William & has now split him from the Royal Family. I rest my case.”
Mr. Morgan, her father, went against her wishes and spoke to the press time and time again, for money, as did her stepsister. They are the epitome of dysfunctional. Anyone in their right mind would want nothing to do with that. Her mother has been with them every step of the way, so she hasn’t ditched her family. And William isn’t a little boy who can’t speak for himself. He’s proving to be a man that is protecting his family.
For people who have never been in love, or have yet to build a life of their own with a partner and children, let me put it this way: the life that you create and that you want to build for yourself is your right. If you find someone that shares those beliefs with you, that is a true blessing.
The Buckingham Palace issued a response today, saying “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.”
Things will be okay, people. It’s not the end of the world. Haters need to take a seat and get a life of their own.