In case you’ve been ostrich-ing your head in the sand, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced that they’re taking a “step back” from their duties as “senior” members of the royal family and are working to become financially independent. The Queen, however, responded with a statement that boiled down to “excuse me, but not so fast.” The major royal news and subsequent rumored turmoil sent all of us reeling, and it resulted in some fairly epic responses from us commoners on social media.
It all started when Harry and Meghan used their Sussex Royal Instagram account to make this historic announcement.
The statement went on to say that the couple and Baby Archie would split their time between the U.K. and North America, and they would be moving forward with charitable endeavors un-associated with the royal family.
The Queen’s (ahem) curt reaction was only two lines, which honestly itself speaks volumes: “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.” The tension!
On Twitter, reactions were often far more charitable to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Many believed the couple was an example of self-care #goals.
The couple is currently embroiled in a lawsuit against British tabloids for their “intentionally” destructive” (their words) and often racist (our words) coverage of Markle. It’s safe to say it hasn’t been the easiest time in the spotlight for these two. So it’s been the writing on the wall for a while that they’ve wanted a change. One Twitter user reminded us all of Markle’s heartbreaking interview about her mental health.
I remember the look on Meghan’s face, and her voice, when she told a journalist he was the first person to ask after her welfare. https://t.co/2IvCUGjGyV— Nichole 🍞🍯 (@tnwhiskeywoman) January 8, 2020
And others are following suit, praising their self-care.
Harry & Meghan are the self-care icons of our age— gina tomaine (@gtomaine) January 8, 2020
This act of profound boundary setting is borderline erotic to me, GOOD FOR THEM!!! https://t.co/0spv2j56fx— Molly Fitzpatrick (@mollyfitz) January 8, 2020
I’ve been Team Harry and Meghan from the start but YES to setting healthy boundaries and stepping away for the best of your family, you two! https://t.co/Ibi94DlAmE— Molly Jasinski (@mollyjasinski) January 8, 2020
Ok — this is total therapy speak — but —-This is a good thing — there’s loads of ancestral trauma in this family —just look at what happened to his mother. Harry & Meghan seeking to break a toxic pattern https://t.co/c6hZJfpNeE— Brigid Delaney (@BrigidWD) January 8, 2020
All Americans rn re: Meghan Markle and Harry pic.twitter.com/MRidrfx3GY— Ashly Perez (@itsashlyperez) January 8, 2020
But that doesn’t mean that people weren’t having a little fun with the royal announcement, too.
Harry & Meghan writing that IG post like pic.twitter.com/y8DHncjD8F— Christina Grace (@C_GraceT) January 8, 2020
GRAB SOME JEWELS ON THE WAY OUT, MEGHAN pic.twitter.com/NikFXRXDmy— Ashlee Clark Thompson, MFA (@AshleeEats) January 8, 2020
Meghan Markle to the Royal Family pic.twitter.com/0QJtu1aSRa— trey taylor (@treytylor) January 8, 2020
Me telling my Mom all about Meghan & Harry just now like they're my best friends 🤣🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/QevKXNEpoO— Whitney (@Whip216) January 8, 2020
I kind of feel like if you were really stepping away from the royal family, you wouldn’t put out a statement as “the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.” You’d be like: “We’re just H-Train and Meg now, and we’re OUTTA HERE!”— Josh Gondelman (@joshgondelman) January 9, 2020
It’s like Meghan and Harry are living out a fairy tale that’s even more modern and progressive than Frozen.
Broke: Dreaming of marrying a prince and becoming a princess— Katelyn Burns (@transscribe) January 9, 2020
Woke: Dreaming of marrying a prince and making him a commoner
Once upon a time a beautiful princess rescued a prince https://t.co/W8kCMmZbLr— Jenna Sauers (@jennasauers) January 8, 2020
The Meghan and Harry story is great because it’s like a reverse Aladdin where the prince marries a commoner who rescues him from his castle.— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) January 9, 2020
One Twitter user raises the question that is truly on everyone’s mind:
Hang on, this means Meghan can play Meghan in The Crown, doesn’t it?— Matt Chorley (@MattChorley) January 8, 2020
And another drops truths about “resigning” from families and who historically has had to make that decision:
LGBTQ kids been doing it for decades https://t.co/ShfG3JjrD2— Michael Beyer (@michbeyer) January 8, 2020
Caitlin Moran dropped different truths about the couple’s financial contributions amid backlash in response to their becoming financially independent.
To those genuinely upset about Harry & Meghan still staying at Frogmore - "SPONGING OFF OUR TAXES" - don't worry. Their wedding was estimated to have brought in between £300m and £1b in revenue, so they've made us far more money than they'll ever rinse out of us via a new kitchen— Caitlin Moran (@caitlinmoran) January 9, 2020
Amy Schumer, whose pregnancy coincided with Markle’s with Archie, again aligned herself with Harry and Meghan and made her own official announcement, which was met with lots of love from her celeb friends in the comments.
We wish you the best, Harry and Meghan!