It seems like only yesterday we all woke up at the buttcrack of dawn to watch the royal wedding in May 2018. But now the world’s favorite royal couple (sorry, Will and Kate, you had your chance) has been married for nearly two years, are parents to adorable baby Archie and are ... peacing out from the royal family?
The Duchess of Sussex (Comm ‘03) and her husband, former heartthrob and current ginger Prince Harry, announced in an Instagram post today that they would transition to a “new progressive role” within the royal institution, working toward “financial independence” while still supporting their patronages and the Queen. They plan to split their time between the United Kingdom and North America.
The announcement comes after several notable breaks in tradition by the Sussexes. From holding a wedding ceremony that featured a gospel choir and an African American bishop to announcing they would only have two children for the sake of the environment and spending Thanksgiving and Christmas in America and Canada, respectively, they’ve made it clear that they’re doing things their own way. With vicious tabloid coverage that prompted legal action and racist messages from the media, general public and even within the royal family, it’s no surprise that the Sussexes would want to take a step back from the demands of a very public life.
While some haters who do not even deserve to be name-dropped have claimed Markle has split her husband from his family, many online responses have been supportive of the couple.
To further complicate matters, it seems that the royals did not inform anyone else in the family of their decision before they publicly announced it today. Yikes, but also undeniably a baller move.
Perhaps this new arrangement will allow for more free time in which Harry and Meghan could visit the latter's alma mater – and when they do, I'll be ready.