The start of the new year always welcomes reflection and renewal for most people, but Prince Harry and Meghan Markle take the cake by kicking off 2020 in a shocking way.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced today that they will step back as 'senior' members of the Royal family and work to become 'financially independent.'
In an official statement released on their joint Instagram account, the Royal duo revealed that in addition to stepping down, they'll be splitting their time between the United Kingdom and North America.
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“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.” - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA
"We aim 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," they wrote on the share.
Naturally, Twitter is having a field day with the news. #Megxit is top trending across the social media platform, with users sharing their hilarious spin off the Royal duo's new chapter.
Prince Harry opened up about Meghan's Royal hardships in a statement last October, writing, "There comes a point when the only thing to do is to stand up to this behavior, because it destroys people and destroys lives."
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle to become financially independent
"Put simply, it is bullying, which scares and silences people. We all know this isn’t acceptable, at any level. We won’t and can’t believe in a world where there is no accountability for this," he said.
However, this hasn't stopped Twitter from sharing their thoughts on the Royal decision. "Meghan and Harry NYC rent and move back," one user mused.
meghan and harry gonna taste NYC rent and move back— Steadman™ (@AsteadWesley) January 8, 2020
Meanwhile, others are hilariously excited for the future seasons of The Crown and Succession. "Cast Meghan in the next season of Succession," one said. Another wrote, "Can't wait for season 6 of The Crown, in which Meghan could play herself."
Can't wait for season 6 of The Crown, in which Meghan could play herself.— Marina Fang (@marinafang) January 8, 2020
Others are just having a field day with all the creative memes the #Megxit storm is circulating.
Live footage of Meghan releasing that statement pic.twitter.com/8nbWvkVYRP— Sylvia (@SylviaObell) January 8, 2020
meghan markle in 2027 when she wins an emmy for playing herself in the crown season 8 episode about today pic.twitter.com/3WbpqUOwDx— matt (@RealMattGannon) January 8, 2020
Very brave of Harry and Meghan to pick January as the month to go freelance.— Daisy Buchanan (@NotRollergirl) January 8, 2020
Meghan & Harry to the Royal Family: pic.twitter.com/QqXtiVWADu— Tia Mitchell (@TIAreports) January 8, 2020
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