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Royal Family
England

Why did Prince Harry and Meghan Markle quit the royal family?

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Kathryn Lebsack
January 21, 2020 5:40PM

Prince Harry and Meghan quit their roles as senior royals primarily because they wanted to be financially independent and because of their frustration with their treatment in British tabloids. From Harry’s statements, it seems they were envisioning a rather loose arrangement in which their lives weren’t publicly funded, but they could still partake in charity activities as emissaries of the queen.

Instead, the break from Buckingham Palace seems to be a rather harsh one. Their exact roles and titles are still in flux, but what is for sure is that they’re no longer allowed to use the highly-exclusive “His Royal Highness” or “Her Royal Highness” titles, and Harry will also give up his military titles.

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chris1106
January 22, 2020 12:05AM
Prince Harry would never be king and Meghan would never be full accapted
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Kitty Purr
January 22, 2020 2:39AM
Because the media wouldn't stay out of their business - and Prince Harry was, and is, terrified that they would murder Meghan for photo opportunities like they did to his mother (Princess Diana).
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RBeattyTopFan
January 23, 2020 4:54AM
Gosh, how do guys have so much energy to answer all of these questions with essays? Do you write like one answer per month or something?
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Melodyknowsbest
January 22, 2020 9:44PM
It is very stressful being famous, and none the less royalty. they have a baby and want him to live normally.
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Cameron Browning
February 02, 2020 7:32PM
Why does it get hotear in the summer? Because climate chwnge more snow likely each year!!!!!!!!!!! Exa. 50% chance of snow today 2019 90% chance of snow 2020 more heat more cold
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wescoorg
January 28, 2020 10:51AM
who really care about this
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Student Glenn Hawley
January 27, 2020 10:41PM
thry famly is poooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooop
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James Geiser
January 24, 2020 4:32PM
Who really cares?
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Taymak
January 23, 2020 5:29PM
To have a break from all fo he cameras and the questions.
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Natasha Moore
January 23, 2020 2:29PM
The The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced that they will "step back as 'senior' members of the Royal Family", and attempt to carve out a new role away from the family's top tier. The set-up will see them "work to become financially independent" in their new role. The pair, who married less than two years ago, will no longer live in Britain full time and instead split their time between the UK and North America. They will still work to support The Queen and the Commonwealth, they added. Read more: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to 'step back' from royal duties and split their time across countries Harry and Meghan's statement in full: A personal message from The Duke and Duchess of Sussex "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. "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. "It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. "We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. "This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. "We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. "Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support." Why did they step back? The official reason given by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex is that the "geographic balance" of living between the UK and America "will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born." The move will also provide the family "with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity," according to the statement. Read more: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal exit comes after difficult relationship with media But The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have also had a difficult relationship with the media over the course of the last year, something which no doubt affected their decision. Their official royal tour of South Africa was overshadowed by legal action and a candid documentary with ITV in which the former actress said she struggled with the intensity of press interest in their lives and said she felt vulnerable. During the tour, it was announced the Duchess had filed a lawsuit against the Mail on Sunday in a battle over alleged breach of copyright and privacy. And her husband launched a scathing attack on the British tabloid press accusing them of a "ruthless campaign" against his wife. Referring to the death of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, he said: "I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces.” What was the palace's response? The BBC's royal correspondent Jonny Dymond said palace sources had told him other family members were not informed in advance. He wrote on Twitter that "senior members of the Royal family feel 'hurt' by the announcement that Harry and Meghan are to withdraw from their current Royal roles." A statement from Buckingham Palace suggested the way forward had not been fully worked out. A spokeswoman said: "Discussions with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage. We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through." The historic decision echoes the abdication of Edward VIII, who quit as King in 1936 in a crisis over marrying American socialite Wallis Simpson.
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Hey Jingli
January 23, 2020 9:35AM
Harry and Meghan leave Windsor Castle after their wedding. The Sussexes had pitched for a hybrid role, where they would be allowed to pursue personal income, but also continue representing the Queen. But it appears they were offered two choices by the Palace in or out. They chose out.
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Grizzly bear ally
January 21, 2020 11:20PM
they knew that he would never be king because his brther is going to be king and the only way he could be king is if something happened to all of them
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Scl
January 25, 2020 9:33PM
Because the world is coming to an end and they had the wisdom to leave the most well family in the world, flee to another country with the freedom to legally change names have cosmetic surgery and disappear in a part of the world so they won’t be recognized and can live in peace