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By: Jordan Oliver
In the wake of the Duke and Duchess recent announcement to step away from their senior roles within the Royal Family, an official meeting was scheduled to discuss Harry and Meghan’s future plans. This past Monday at the Sandrigham summit, Her Majesty The Queen, approves the Duke and Duchess’ request. If you thought this exit was going to be a big drama within the Royal Family, then the media explosion may have blinded you to the facts. BBC released her official statement: “Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family. My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family. Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family. Harry and Meghan have made clear that they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives. It has therefore been agreed that there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the UK. These are complex matters for my family to resolve, and there is some more work to be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days.”
The fact of the matter is, Prince Harry is very unlikely to succeed into the monarchy, and he and his wife wish to live independent from the public funds. Prince Harry was third in line to the throne, but now that his older brother William has three children with his wife, Kate Middleton, he dropped down to being sixth in line. This is not the first time a family member has stepped down from their Royal duties. King Edward VIII, Queen Elizabeth’s uncle, stepped down in 1936 so he could marry Wallis Simpson, an American divorced woman. Becoming a part-time royal would have been unheard of for the American divorcee. ABC6 spoke with Glen Duerr, a UK citizen and professor of international studies at Cedarville University who stated, “It’s different for Harry and I think a lot more people are understanding but nonetheless it’s still a break from tradition. The likelihood of Harry becoming monarch is very, very low,” Duerr said. “To have a separate lifestyle and to do something slightly different is a sign of modernization and really a sign of independence.” The professor’s words seem to be the common thought of the younger generation of UK citizens, who support moving to a more modern system for the monarchy.