Harry and Meghan Just Basically Quit the Royal Family
2020-01-15 12:06

“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,” the pair said in a statement posted to Instagram.


They went on, “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.”


  • Where will the ex-royal couple live? (Meghan is from Los Angeles, but she spent years living in Canada while filming the TV show “Suits,” back when she was still Meghan Markle.)
  • Will Harry finally start using a last name? (The couple's son, Archie, was given the last name of “Mountbatten-Windsor,” a combination of two names connected to his paternal grandparents.)
  • Will Harry, who served in the U.K. military, get a real 9-to-5?
  • And how, exactly, do you carve out a “progressive new role” in a centuries-old institution that gives a few individuals massive wealth, fame, and a fanaticism for manners because their ancestors were good at conquering castles and marrying their own distant relatives?




而且,英国王室早已有数百年历史,你又该如何开创一个“进步的新角色”呢? 英国王室给了王室成员巨大的财富、名望和对礼仪的狂热,因为他们的祖先擅长征服领土,然后开枝散叶。

Buckingham Palace, at least, doesn't seem to have the answers to any of those questions. In a statement released shortly after Harry and Meghan went public, the Palace said that “discussions” about the pair's future are “at an early stage.”


“We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through,” the Palace said.


But according to BBC royal correspondent Johnny Dymond, the discussions weren't “at an early stage” — they were essentially nonexistent. 


“BBC understands that no other member of the Royal Family was consulted before Harry and Meghan issued their personal statement tonight, the Palace is understood to be ‘disappointed,'” he wrote.


Regardless of how the split went down, it was a long time coming. Harry and Meghan have spent months feuding with — and even suing — British tabloids. Back in October, Harry even blasted what he called “select media” in an unprecedented open letter, where he wrote, “I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces.”


“For these select media, this is a game, and one that we have been unwilling to play from the start,” he added. “I have been a silent witness to her private suffering for too long. To stand back and do nothing would be contrary to everything we believe in.”


Seventy-two Parliament members echoed Harry's remarks in an open letter a few weeks later, condemning the tabloids' coverage of Meghan — who is biracial and divorced from her first husband — as having “outdated, colonial undertones.” And Meghan herself opened up about the intense scrutiny she's received since joining the royal family.


"I never thought that this would be easy, but I thought it would be fair, and that's the part that's really hard to reconcile,” she told ITV in a surprisingly intimate documentary. “I really tried to adopt this British sensibility of a stiff upper lip. I tried, I really tried. But I think that what that does internally is probably really damaging."


Lately, a few signs indicate public opinion toward the royals is shifting, and not in a direction that the Queen probably likes: In December, thousands of people signed a petition asking Brighton and Hove City councillors to stop referring to Harry and Meghan by the titles “Duke and Duchess of Sussex.” (Brighton and Hove City are in Sussex.) The petition called the titles “entirely non-democratic and symbolic of the oppression of the general public by the wealthy elite.”


Prince Andrew might also have dealt the royal family a staggering blow when he participated in what's widely considered to be a disastrous interview about his longtime friendship with deceased financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. (If you're not fluent in the intricacies of the Windsor family tree, Andrew is Queen Elizabeth's son; Harry is her grandson. Neither is remotely close to taking up the throne.) Shortly afterward, Andrew announced that he would also “step back from public duties for the foreseeable future.”

安德鲁王子参加了一场被广泛认为是灾难性的采访,采访内容是他与已故金融家、性犯罪者杰弗里·爱泼斯坦(Jeffrey Epstein)的长期友谊,这或许也给了英国王室一个沉重的打击。(如果你对错综复杂的温莎家谱不太了解,安德鲁是伊丽莎白女王的儿子;哈里是她的孙子。两人都与王位遥不可及。)不久之后,安德鲁宣布他也将“在可预见的未来退出公职”。

Tess Owen contributed to this report.


Cover: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the WellChild awards at Royal Lancaster Hotel on October 15, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)


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