The Real Reason Why Harry & Meghan Are Stepping Down

When the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced
last fall that they planned to take an “extended break” from their royal duties around the
holidays, no one had any idea just how extended that break might prove to be. A recent announcement by the royal couple
on Instagram may well be the most shocking news since Harry’s Great-granduncle Edward
VIII abdicated the throne to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson: Prince Harry and
his bride will “step back as ‘senior members’ of the royal family.” “Good heavens…” It’s been no secret that Meghan Markle, herself
a divorcee and a Yank, has had her difficulties fitting in with the sometimes stuffy British
royals. Still, no one expected a move of such magnitude
that it has now earned its own name in the British press: Megxit. The rift among the royals, perhaps most prominently,
tension between Princes William and Harry, began even before Harry’s engagement, when
his big brother cautioned him not to move so fast with Meghan. While their son Archie, now 8 months old,
was welcomed into the royal family with all due pomp and circumstance, Meghan later told
ITV journalist Tom Bradby that giving birth under the glaring spotlight cast by royal-watchers
everywhere was, quote, “really challenging,” especially when, quote, “add[ed] on top of
just trying to be a new mom or trying to be a newlywed.” In light of her postpartum stress and tension,
Meghan, along with Harry, decided to spend baby Archie’s first Christmas away from the
hubbub of Sandringham Palace. Instead, the threesome opted for “private
family time” at a mansion on Vancouver Island in Canada. While Meghan described the holiday as, quote,
“an incredible time,” the fact remains that this getaway was likely prompted by the growing
rift between Harry and his brother. As Harry told a TV interviewer last fall,
they are, quote, “on different paths.” An official spokesperson for Buckingham Palace
has released a statement characterizing Prince Harry’s plans as being still “at an early
stage.” They clarified: “We understand their desire to take a different
approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through.” While the queen herself has not spoken publicly
regarding this announcement, the British tabloid press is claiming she’s “sad” while Prince
Charles is “furious.” The scandal-mongering Sun goes so far as to
suggest civil war looms on the horizon. It’s worth noting that the statement released
on the Sussex Royal Instagram account does promise that Prince Harry and Meghan will
continue, quote, “to fully support Her Majesty The Queen” and continue, quote, “to honour
our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages.” That’s something, right? While nobody else seems to be rushing to take
up arms in a literal sense in defense of the crown, British journalist and author Sarah
Gristwood told The Independent it was a very bad sign, indeed, that neither Harry nor Meghan
had consulted with the queen before broadcasting their plans on Instagram. She characterized their failure to give a
heads-up as, quote, “a major breach of protocol.” Royal commentator Sally Baker agrees. She went so far as to say: “It looks like the royal family is in trouble.” And that might be true, but since when is
that not the case? The royal family’s been better than a soap
opera since the days of King Arthur. The couple’s statement also spoke of Harry
and Meghan’s desire to “establish financial independence,” and to found a new charitable
entity. Although the Instagram post didn’t provide
further details about this venture, Town and Country reported last week that the planned
foundation, called Sussex Royal, has been in the works since last year. Its focus, according to Meghan, will be on,
quote, “really strong, community-based projects.” Perhaps the biggest break with tradition is
the wannabe-slightly-less-royal couple’s plans to base their family, at least part of the
time, away from Shakespeare’s sceptered isle. Although, they didn’t supply a location more
specific than “North America.” Their statement reads, in part: “This geographic balance will enable us to
raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born.” Of course, if they’re wanting to balance out
the British royal tradition with an All-American one, maybe even in Meghan’s hometown of Los
Angeles, Bravo host Andy Cohen has issued, via Instagram comment, a, quote, “open invite
for The Duchess to join #RHOBH !!!” Now that would be must-see TV on both sides of the
pond. “NEVER go near my husband.” “F— you!” “Do you understand that? Never go after my f—ing husband!” Wherever their next destination may be, we
wish the duke and duchess all the luck and happiness in their life outside of the royal
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