On January 8th, Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan Markle, 38, shocked the entire world as they announced that they will be stepping down as senior members of the royal family.
Although the couple appreciates their royal titles and responsibilities, it was agreed that their son needed a more suitable place to be raised in. This, in turn, created a bit of tension in the royal family. Less than 24 hours after their sudden announcement, their infamous wax figures were removed from the Madame Tussauds Museum in London.
Prince Harry is no stranger to tension and war, whether it be with family or on the battlefield. He served in the army for ten years, completing two tours in Afghanistan. The prince still continues to give back to the veteran community through his various charity organizations.
Prince Harry is said to be sixth in line for the royal throne, with his father, brother, and his three children preceding him. Something tragic would have to occur for Prince Harry to become the King of England, which is highly unlikely; however, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have plans that don’t exactly involve their royal status.
Harry and Meghan have been notorious for “pushing the envelope” when it comes to their relationship. They have challenged many British customs and traditions that have been part of the family for many years.
Harry saw what the pressures of being in the royal family had done to his mother, Princess Diana, and refuses to let it happen to his own family. According to an interview done by ITV exclusive, Harry stated “I will always protect my family, and now I have a family to protect.” He said “Everything that she [Princess Diana] went through and what happened to her was incredibly raw, every single day, and that’s not me being paranoid. That’s just me not wanting a repeat of the past.”
Queen Elizabeth II issued an official statement of her stance on the couple’s decision to step back from their title. After some time, she seems to be very supportive of their decision. “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.” Says Queen Elizabeth II according to an article on Fox news.
Both Harry and Meghan have agreed to split their time between the UK and Canada, where they’ll be primarily raising their son. “We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honor our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth and our patronages.” says Prince Harry according an article on The Washington Post.
According to an Article on Fox News, the Sussex’s have taken many precautionary measures to protect their home and their new lives in Canada. They have reportedly implemented a security camera with a large fence surrounding the home.
Although the split has relieved some tension and stress from the couple, they will now be under more scrutiny than ever. Harry and Meghan have openly expressed their distaste for the British media; however, they are less likely to get any reprieve from the press. The interest of their lives will only grow for not only the press, but British and American citizens as well.
The happy couple has embarked on a journey full of hope and happiness after their split from the royal family. Currently, they are staying in a rented home on Vancouver Island with their 8-month old son Archie. According to an article on The Washington Post, Prince Harry stated that the split was a “step forward into what I hope can be a more peaceful life.”
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