THE ROYAL FAMILY has endured crisis in recent months after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle quit royal duties. And the furore surrounding ‘Megxit’ led to criticism of the monarchy.
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In early January, Harry and Meghan revealed their plans to step back as senior royals and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty, the Queen. They also said they planned to balance their time between the UK and North America while “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.”
This sparked a rift in the Royal Family, as Buckingham Palace released a statement saying that it was “disappointed”.
Meghan and Harry received criticism for their decision from some and support from others – but a republican campaigner attacked both the Sussexes and the monarchy as a whole.
Graham Smith of Republic said Harry and Meghan’s statement showed the monarchy was not sustainable in the modern era.
Mr Smith called the personal message crass and self-serving after the royal couple said they would work towards being financially independent.
Mr Smith said: “This really is wanting to have your cake and eat it. They have said they will dip in and out of royal duties as it suits them but won’t stop taking public money until they find other sources of income.
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Royal Family news: Megxit sparked international interest (Image: getty)
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Royal Family news: Meghan and Harry quit royal duties in January (Image: getty)
“To suggest that they’re not already financially independent is incredibly crass and belies a sense of self-entitlement and a lack of self-awareness that is common among royals.
“What should be more concerning is that the royal family’s star couple have effectively bowed out of their leading role, and that raises questions about the monarchy’s future.”
He added: “In the meantime taxpayers will rightly ask who will be funding their overseas lifestyle, their extra security and trips back and forth.
“The royal family is in trouble and with the next succession on the horizon their problems are only going to get worse.”
Royal Family news: Meghan and Harry said they wanted to become financially independent (Image: getty)
The world’s media were also captivated by the story as European press offered varied coverage.
Germany’s most popular daily Bild declared that the announcement had “fallen like a bomb on the Royal Family”.
The tabloid asked: “The exciting question is: will Buckingham Palace hit back?”
German broadsheets struck a slightly more serious tone, with Sueddeutsche Zeitung drawing the inevitable parallels with Britain’s imminent departure from the EU.
Royal Family news: The Queen was said to be disappointed with the decision (Image: getty)
Royal Family news: Mr Smith said the Royal Family is ‘self entitled’ (Image: getty)
In Portugal, popular news site PN announced that the pair had “abdicated” as senior royals and will be spending time in North America.
Spain’s El Mundo led with the Queen’s “disgust” at the decision, while French newspaper Le Figaro said they had “distanced themselves” from the Royal Family.
Noting Buckingham Palace’s response that the couple’s future role “would take time to work through”, the Munich-based daily quipped: “It sounds as if Megxit could turn out to be as messy and long-winded as Brexit”.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK