“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:
American Divorcées: 2
House of Windsor: 0
— Scott Bixby (@scottbix) January 8, 2020
Excuse me did Meghan Markle just direct a gender-swapped Hallmark movie where the prince gives up his crown for love??
— Elizabeth Kidd (@libbuh) January 8, 2020
“You want Brexit? I’ll give you a fucking Brexit.” — Meghan Thee Markle
— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) January 8, 2020
This is my FAVORITE heist. The woman straight up stole a prince. Incredible. ✨
— Isaac Fitzgerald🤞🏻🖤 (@IsaacFitzgerald) January 8, 2020
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, please
— Delia Cai (@delia_cai) January 8, 2020
The Crown season 22: the royals open an Arby’s in suburban Nashville and try to give this whole American thing a go
— Mark Berman (@markberman) January 8, 2020
Would be sweet if Harry decided to drive an Uber for a few months while he gets back on his feet
— Mike Hogan (@mike_hogan) January 8, 2020
how long till i see harry and meghan at the food coop
— Joumana Khatib (@joumana_khatib) January 8, 2020
List of possible career paths for Harry:
– Commercial airline pilot
— Avery Hartmans (@averyhartmans) January 8, 2020
A lot of people were wondering what was going on with the writing staff of “The Crown”:
Season 8 of the Crown is gonna be lit
— Jon Ward (@jonward11) January 8, 2020
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:
Harry and Meghan make history as first royals to resign NOT in disgrace.
— Janine Gibson (@janinegibson) January 8, 2020
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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