News of the outbreak of a possible World War III and the daily implosions of the RWA fiasco might be getting most of our attention right now, but we hope you saw the news that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have announced that they will be stepping back from the burden of royal duties in the coming year.
The British press reported this news with shock and consternation, implying that this was a surprise blow to the Queen, who had just recently had to deal with Prince Andrew’s failed attempt to deflect attention from his sordid connection to pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. The English press also intimated that Prince William, Harry’s brother and the future king of England, was less than happy with this news as well.
The official statement read:
“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 know that Harry was concerned that the British press would hound his wife like they did his mother, Princess Diana, and we also know that the royal life in England was really starting to get to Markle. So bravo to the two of them for saying no and reading the writing on the walls.
The monarchy is really window-dressing in this day and age. As Elizabeth Hartley Fillkiat put it: