Harry Responds To The Royal ‘Megxit’ Decision
By: Becky Root
Queen Elizabeth II finally announced what the crown will do in response to Megxit, Prince Harry’s desire to leave the HRH title behind and raise his son Archie with his American wife, Meghan Markle. Sources have assured the public that the process to de-highness will “take days, not weeks”—expected to be accomplished by Spring of 2020. After the summit at Sanringham, the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William, and Prince Harry devised the plan for Meghan and Harry’s exit from royal duty. In her royal proclamation, her highness recognizes “the challenge they [her grandson and his wife] have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life.” This can be seen as a very kind consideration from the most formal of grandmothers, for the pain Harry and William faced watching their mother, the late Princess Diana, struggle with constant hounding from British and international press that resulted in her tragic death. Harry lost his mother when he was only 12, and is not only the younger brother, but some say the more sensitive soul of the two. Harry’s sharp response to paparazzi photos taken of his family over the holiday in Canada show his conviction to protect his infant son from the pains he had to face at a young age.
Her highness continues her statement, complimenting her new granddaughter-in-law admitting she is, “ particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family.” This sentiment seems to directly attack the British press narrative that pits Meghan against her new in-laws, whether it’s not representing the royals properly or implying that Meghan can never reach the levels of refinement her sister-in-law, Kate, has achieved.
The Queen concluded in her official statement confirming that it is the whole family’s hope that this decision will allow the young family to “start building a happy and peaceful new life.” The official statement from Buckingham Palace lays out the agreement as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are required to cease Royal duties, including official military appointments, and they will no longer receive public funds. The statement confirms that the couple have The Queen’s blessing that it is understood that though they are released of Royal duties, but “will continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty.” They will no longer use HRH titles and will repay British taxpayers $3 million for the renovation of Frogmore Cottage, which will remain their UK home.
Speaking at a Sentebale dinner in London, England, Harry responded to the Buckingham Palace announcement, appealing to the audience to hear his truth—not as a Duke or a Prince, but as Harry. “The U.K. is my home, a place that I love. That will never change… We both do everything that we can to fly the flag and carry out our roles for this country with pride.” Harry concluded with appreciation for “looking out” for him after the untimely death of his mum, but added, “The media is a powerful force, and my hope is one day our collective support for each other can be more powerful because this is so much bigger than just us.” After his public response, Harry flew back to Canada to join his wife and baby in Vancouver island. They announced a new website that will showcase their foundation and causes, Sussexroyal.com, though a source at Buckingham says they have no claim to the term “royal” anymore. There is also an estimated $10 million per year that may need to be diverted from their foundation to pay for their security detail in Canada, if this online petition with 60,000 signatures works to keep the Canadian government from footing the security bill. The couple has not settled on a permanent home in Canada, but now that their royal departure is agreed upon, here’s a fun peek at the types of Canadian real estate they could consider for their new non-royal happily every after.