A Royal Surprise


Rupert Steiner

Prince Harry, Meghan, and Archie

Chris Jackson
Prince Harry addressing the nation.

On January 8th, 2020 Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex announced that they would be stepping back from their senior royal status. Then on January 18th, they announced that they would be giving up their royal titles. Harry addressed the United Kingdom on Sunday. “I want you to hear the truth from me, not as a Prince, not as the Duke, but as Harry.”  In the speech he said that their plan is to split their time between Canada and the United Kingdom and become financially independent without any public funding. He will repay the 3 million dollars spent on renovating their home near the Windsor.

Stepping down from royal duties isn’t as easy or harmless as it sounds. Prince Harry is a former soldier but he will be required to give up his honorary military titles. He also has to relinquish his position as the captain general of the Royal Marines that was passed onto him by Prince Phillip. Although Harry is 6th in line for the throne, and will likely never be the king, as he forfeited his right. Though they have to step down from most of their duties, they can still attend family occasions. Obviously, this decision was not taken lightly and they have to give up a lot, so what brought them to this decision?

Harry, Meghan, and their son Archie

Prince Harry and Megan met in July of 2016 and instantly hit it off. They went on to get married on May 19th, 2018 and on October 15th,2018 they announced that they would be expecting their first child. Their life hasn’t been as easy as it sounds. Unfortunately, for Meghan, it turns out marrying a prince isn’t anything like the fairy tails made it out to be. Meghan received criticism the moment the public found out about her relationship with the prince. From what she wore, to how she acted,  to how she was handling the baby, were all scrutinized. It’s like they were waiting for her to slip up. In fact the couple sued the owners of the Sun and Daily Mirror, two British tabloids, over alleged phone hacking.

Princess Diana, Harry’s mother

Harry is afraid that with all this attention Meghan is getting, she will end up like his mother. His mom, Princess Diana, was killed after a deadly car crash while trying to avoid paparazzi. Diana isn’t the only one who has had terrible trouble with the public. In November 2018, Prince Andrew, Queen Elizabeth’s second son, announced that he would step back from his public and royal duties. This occurred after a disastrous interview with the press that addressed his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein.

Although the Queen is not thrilled about the decision for The Duke and Duchess leaving, she says that Harry, Meghan, and their son Archie “will always be much loved members of the family.” They also had full support from Canada after they announced that they would be splitting their time between Canada and the United States. They believe that the geographic balance will help them raise their son “with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing their family with the space  to focus on their next chapter.” The Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, said in a speech that “Canadians are pleased to welcome the Duke and Duchess to Canada, but have made it crystal clear that taxpayers should not be forced to support them while they’re living there.” This speech came after a petition signed by 80,000 people refusing to use taxpayers’ money towards the estimated millions of dollars needed every year to provide them with the proper security was brought to the ministers desk.

Niklas Halle’n
Harry talking to the CEO of Disney.

Harry and Meghan’s decision was not taken lightly, and they will have to give up honorary titles and royal advantages. However, their love for each other and the love for their son outweighed their royal titles. They would rather be happy and alone than criticized with a royal status. Harry has already got to work with trying to get Meghan a job she’ll love. He was caught talking to Disney CEO, Bob Iger, about Meghan’s voice over skills. In addition to this, Netflix chief content officer said in a recent interview that he would be interested in making a deal with Harry and Meghan.  This deal would be much like the one the Obama’s made with Netflix and would give Harry and Meghan 15 million dollars. So, maybe the next time you hear people talking about Meghan you’ll hear people talking about what Disney or Netflix movies she’ll help voice next instead of what she is doing wrong.