Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are in the midst of a complete media firestorm. Since their shock announcement, in which they declared they were stepping down as senior members of the royal family, the couple has been hitting the headlines non-stop.
And now they’ve finally confirmed how they want to be addressed after shedding their royal titles …
It all started with the denouncing of their involvement with the royal family and everything else followed suit.
Headlines were made all over the world when the British Royal Family’s Prince Harry announced his romance with the Suits actress, Meghan Markle.
The couple met back in 2016 when they were set up by a mutual friend who thought the two would hit it off.
Because the pair hit it off, and they immediately arranged to see each other again, eventually going on to have 2 more dates in London.
The pair officially went public with their relationship.
Though she was already pretty well known for her role as Rachel Zane in Suits, the California-born actress was thrown into levels of fame that she had never experienced before.
The world quickly became Meghan and Harry obsessed.
And people were delighted to hear the news of their engagement later that year.
The couple officially tied the knot in May 2018.
The ceremony was simply stunning.
The royals aren’t ones to hold back, are they?
Harry and Meghan wed in a lavish ceremony at Windsor Castle, which became one of the most-watched televised events of all time.
She looked simply beautiful.
They were expecting!
On October 15th, 2018, the couple announced their pregnancy.
Archie Mountbatten-Windsor was welcomed into the world.
They make for the cutest little family.
But things haven’t been as rosy and smooth-sailing as they have been appearing. And it gets worse since the coronavirus outbreak started taking over the world…
Joining the British royal family was never going to be an easy transition, given that a person has to give up their entire life in order to be a part of the monarchy.
But Meghan’s experience has been especially difficult.
And many attacked the Duchess, slamming her as “fake,” with some going as far as accusing her of breaking up the royal family entirely.
To the point where Kensington Palace was forced to issue a statement, pleading for the press and the public alike to take a step back when it comes to their scathing reporting and bombardment of Meghan.
Because they have announced that they will be officially stepping down as senior members of the royal family.
“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,” the post read.
And have announced that they will be splitting their time between the U.K and North America.
“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,” they wrote.
The Queen released a statement, which read:
“My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family. 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.”
Matters have reportedly been far from smooth sailing.
And of course, the news has sparked a whole new wave of criticism to head Meghan’s way.
Amid accusations that the couple didn’t tell other senior royals of their plans to step back, the source told PEOPLE that the Sussexes felt they had “no choice” but to handle things the way they have.
However, their feelings are much stronger than we thought. Keep scrolling to find out why…
“This is not how they wanted to handle this, but Meghan and Harry’s hand was forced,” the family friend explained.
“There is so much bad blood in that family — it’s toxic.”
Is how hard this whole experience must have been for Meghan – a new mother.
What exactly are we planning on calling this non-royal couple?
Their Instagram posts used to be signed off with their royal titles.
Hey, it’s simple but effective!
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