Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to step down as senior members of the royal family practically broke the internet this afternoon. (Truly though, pages on the Sussex Royal official website was down and out for a few minutes today.)
In case you missed it, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced that they are planning to “carve out a progressive new role” within the royal institution and are working to become financially independent while still “continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen.” The couple are planning to split their time living between England and North America in order for their son Archie to grow and experience the cultures in both areas.
“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,” the couple’s statement continued to read.
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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
The unprecedented royal move created quite the buzz on social media. Twitter users couldn’t help but chime in on the history making decision. There were dozens of memes, gifs, and comments where longtime Meghan and Harry fans tweeted out their hilarious—but still endearing—support of the couple’s decision.
Meghan and Harry’s gradual exit from royal duties will clearly encourage an emotional reaction out of some of their biggest supporters, so in case you need a laugh to keep from crying, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite tweets surrounding the big story below.
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