Royalists, the media and even the Windsor family have been in uproar since the dramatic announcement made by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (aka Prince Harry and Meghan Markle) on 8 January that they will be stepping back from their “senior” role in the Royal Family.
The media soon coined a new term to describe the couple’s plans, calling their withdrawal from the lion’s share of their royal duties “Megxit” – a tongue-in-cheek reference to the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, otherwise known as “Brexit”.
The short, but pointed announcement was released to media outlets and on the Duke and Duchess’s social media platforms, but came as rather a surprise to Queen Elizabeth and the rest of the royal family in spite of the statement’s reference to ‘internal discussions’.
“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. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. 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. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex
We’ve collected our top ten Megxit memes for your pure enjoyment. Here they are: