It’s not even been a week since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their plans to step back as ‘senior’ royals, intending to split their time between the UK and America and become financially independent.
But since the story broke, there’s been countless developments as the Royal Family tries to find a workable solution to the Duke and Duchess’ decision.
Prince Harry and Meghan announced their plans for 2020 last Wednesday night, leaving everyone (including, reportedly, their family) shocked.
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“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.” – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA
As the news sunk in, the Royal Family’s apparent fury at the news came to light, as did questions about the couple’s wealth and income. In other circles, there was also the realisation of a stark double standard – that there was far more outrage from the royals being directed at Meghan and Harry, compared to Prince Andrew, who has been accused of sex crimes.
Over the weekend, however, more has been revealed about the reactions and interactions of the young couple’s family and friends.
Here’s everything you missed.
Prince William can’t “put his arm around” Harry anymore.
Prince William and Prince Harry have always been super close, but this announcement has added credence to the rumours there are cracks in the once watertight relationship.
Last week it was revealed that Harry only gave his brother (and father) a copy of the announcement 10 minutes before it went live.