Firstly, major news for royals fans: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have decided to step down from their royal duties. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared the news on Instagram Wednesday afternoon. Explaining that the decision would enable them to raise their son in the way they feel is best. And focus on the launch of their new charity.
So, Read their statement below:
According to royal reporter Chris Ship, this essentially means that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are resigning from official responsibilities.
Royal reporter Omid Scobie later clarified how Meg and Harry will work with the media. Stating that they will no longer participate in the Royal Rota system. They will continue to share information from their Instagram account, @SussexRoyal.
It’s unclear what this will mean regarding the amount of official public appearances the Duke and Duchess will participate in, but it is clear that this has been a very thought-out decision from the duo. However, it may have come as a surprise to some members of the royal family. BBC’s royal correspondent Jonny Dymond wrote: “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.'”
The Queen’s office also seems to have a slightly different take on it. Buckingham Palace said in a statement, “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.”
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle