All of the wild reactions to Meghan Markle, Prince Harry stepping down
“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,” the royals wrote on Instagram, in the caption of a photo from their engagement announcement in November 2016.
“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,” the Duke and Duchess of Sussex added, noting that they will now split their time between the U.K. and North America.
People on Twitter, naturally, lost it over the news and had all kinds of reactions to the “Meg-xit” on their hands.
“Good for Meghan and Harry opting out of the UK tabloids staggering racism and the lack of support from the royal family,” author Roxane Gay tweeted. “They will be fine.”
Most people were rooting for the couple’s decision — and for Meghan, of course:
Here’s the actual note Meghan left on the Queen’s desk.
Excuse me did Meghan Markle just direct a gender-swapped Hallmark movie where the prince gives up his crown for love??16.2K8:11 PM – Jan 8, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacy2,891 people are talking about this
First time I’ve ever seen someone quit their family, saying it’s to spend more time with their jobs. https://twitter.com/nbcnews/status/1214980955141812225 …NBC News✔@NBCNewsJUST IN: Harry and Meghan say they plan to step back as senior members of the British Royal family, and “carve out a progressive new role within this institution” while working “to become financially independent.”30.2K7:49 PM – Jan 8, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacy4,611 people are talking about this
Meghan Markle just pulled off the greatest theft of British property since the Revolutionary War
Respect https://twitter.com/piersmorgan/status/1214979436396855296 …Piers Morgan✔@piersmorganBREAKING: Prince Harry & his wife Meghan are quitting the Royal Family. …937:43 PM – Jan 8, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacy19 people are talking about this
And obviously, some people wondered how long it would take for them to adjust to “normal” life:
a sitcom where Meghan teaches Harry how to do workforce things such as using Turbotax & meal prepping & filling out a W-1, please1,1987:57 PM – Jan 8, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacy180 people are talking about this
currently SCREAMING in the office about how harry and meghan will achieve financial independence!!! lots of questions!!!!
A lot of people were wondering what was going on with the writing staff of “The Crown”:
And of course, there were allusions Prince Andrew’s recent decision to step back from his place in the royal family after his ties to sex offender Jeffrey Epstein came to light:
It’s unclear what the future holds for the royals ― or when exactly they’ll make the official split ― but Harry alluded to his future work in an interview in October for an ITV documentary.
“The rest of our lives, our life’s work will be predominately focused on Africa, on conservation,” he said in “Harry & Meghan: An African Journey.”
“There are 19 Commonwealth countries across this continent so there’s a lot of things to be done, but there’s also huge potential,” Harry added.
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