On Saturday, Queen Elizabeth II announced that she, along with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, had "found a constructive and supportive way" to hold up the couple's decision to step back as senior members of the royal family and become financially independent.
"Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family. I recognise the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life," the Queen wrote in a statement.
With this news, Harry and Meghan will no longer use their HRH titles or receive any public funds for their royal duties. The couple will also repay the £2.4m of taxpayer money that they used to refurbish their Frogmore Cottage, which will remain their U.K. home. Harry and Meghan will still be known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. When the new rules go into effect in the spring, the 35-year-old royal will be called Harry, the Duke of Sussex and his wife will be Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex.
Royal fans couldn't help but take to social media following the official statements, applauding Harry and Meghan for their final outcome.
"Meghan give up her career, friends, & family to be w/ Harry. In return, Harry gives up his titles & job for his wife Meghan and Son Archie," one Twitter user wrote. "Stop saying Meghan made him do it because Harry already said from the beginning he will protect his family & that my friend he did. 💙"
Meghan give up her career, friends, & family to be w/ Harry. In return, Harry gives up his titles & job for his wife Meghan and Son Archie. Stop saying Meghan made him do it because Harry already said from the beginning he will protect his family & that my friend he did. 💙 pic.twitter.com/UVKo1bb81f— ＷＯＭＡＮ ＯＦ ＷＯＲＴＨ☔️ (@Uniquely_sweet_) January 18, 2020
Another wrote: "I'm honestly very sad, angry & happy. Mostly, happy. Harry, Meghan and Archie deserved so much more and was let down by so many people. So many emotions right now. One thing for sure....I will never forget how they were treated in the UK and who all were apart of them leaving."
I'm honestly very sad, angry & happy. Mostly, happy. Harry, Meghan and Archie deserved so much more and was let down by so many people. So many emotions right now. One thing for sure....I will never forget how they were treated in the UK and who all were apart of them leaving. pic.twitter.com/engUn6gqJC— Katrina 🕊️🌸🛡️ (@dazzlegal) January 18, 2020
See more reactions
Meghan Markle is back on Twitter. Her first tweet 💀 pic.twitter.com/15jmIAf8kk— if you knew what I know (@henryscousin) January 18, 2020
meghan and harry on their way to live their best lives: we love to see it pic.twitter.com/nzbC62DTrd— meredith (@meghvnmarkle) January 18, 2020
Much respect to Harry and Meghan for not only renouncing their HRH titles but also, crucially, refunding millions of quids of taxpayer money. Looks like they are actually walking the walk. Now maybe leave them the fuck alone?— Gary Whitta (@garywhitta) January 18, 2020
Meghan sorted Meghxit quicker than we sorted Brexit.— machine gun Kele (@kelechnekoff) January 18, 2020
Harry & Meghan to the people who have complained all week that they shouldn’t have had any taxpayers money for their Frogmore home: pic.twitter.com/HyJVqLdVNq— Sharon Watts. Walford Queen. (@WalfordWatts) January 18, 2020
"The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have shared their wish to repay Sovereign Grant expenditure for the refurbishment of Frogmore Cottage, which will remain their UK family home." The pettiness, I stan!❤️ #HarryandMeghanpic.twitter.com/D6DNgizXF1— DMF aka Sarah (@ForumsMeghan) January 18, 2020
With Meghan withstanding racist scrutiny, Harry’s unprecedented move will serve as a prime example to others of the measures, and sacrifices one must take in order to truly combat this scourge: he gave up privilege to be a true ally...— Cyrus McQueen (@CyrusMMcQueen) January 18, 2020
I’ve never had any interest in the monarchy until Meghan showed up and I’m delighted that soon I will get to forget it exists again 🎉— Amna (@AGlasgowGirl) January 18, 2020
Meghan and Harry are on their way to a new life, the press is losing one of their favorite targets, and the Queen is royally peeved. pic.twitter.com/4kv1DGy1oE— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) January 18, 2020
BRITISH PRESS: LEAVE THE COUNTRY IF YOU WANT PRIVACY!— Battinson Rules (@Royal_Realness) January 18, 2020
Harry&Meghan: FINE! We moving to Canada.
BRITISH PRESS: STOP TAKING MONEY FROM TAXPAYERS!
Harry&Meghan: Keep your money bitch!
BRITISH PRESS: GIVE BACK YOUR TITLES
Harry&Meghan: Here! Anything else?
BRITISH PRESS: .... pic.twitter.com/hUldg5wrcC
For more on the royal couple's drastic move, watch below.