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Celebrities react to news of Meghan and Harry's 'progressive new role' in royal family

Yahoo Entertainment Staff
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are in the headlines again, but this time it’s because they’ve made a shocking announcement: They’re taking a “step back” from their royal duties.

The duke and duchess posted the announcement on Instagram, saying in part: “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.”

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The news was reportedly a surprise to the rest of the royal family, who issued a brief statement on the matter, saying: “Discussions with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex 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.”

Harry and Meghan’s desire to separate themselves from one of the world’s most famous families has been dubbed “Megxit” by royal-watchers who compared the move to Brexit.

Other celebrities also jumped into the conversation, including comedian Amy Schumer, who had an announcement of her own:

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Host of The Daily Show Trevor Noah posted a job opening with some humorous requirements:

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While Schumer and Noah found the situation funny, singer and actress Bette Midler wasn’t laughing:

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The outspoken Piers Morgan has tweeted numerous times since the story broke, saying in part:

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And actress Jameela Jamil kept her opinion brief and to the point:

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