As the Queen calls a crisis meeting over ‘Megxit’, what’s next for the British royal family?

Ever since Prince Harry and his wife Meghan made a surprise announcement last week that they wanted to step back from the royal frontline, the British monarchy has been in turmoil. In order to avoid an internal civil war, Queen Elizabeth II has now scheduled emergency peace talks for Monday at her private home in Sandringham.

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In This Story: Meghan and Harry

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are officially the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. In January 2020, they announced their intention to step back from their role as senior members of the British Royal Family.

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  • In This Story: Megxit

    On 8 January 2020, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, announced on Instagram their decision to “step back as ‘senior’ members” of the British royal family; splitting their time between the United Kingdom and North America, and to become financially independent.

    The event was dubbed Megxit (a portmanteau of the name “Meghan”, the word “exit”, and a play on the word “Brexit”) and the term became adopted globally on social and news media, spawning various Internet memes and “Megxit” merchandising.

    Megxit led to a meeting of the royal family on 13 January, dubbed the “Sandringham Summit”. On 18 January, an agreement was announced whereby the couple would “no longer be working members of Britain’s royal family”, and would not use their “Royal Highness” styles.

    Collins English Dictionary added “Megxit” to its online edition as a top-ten Word of 2020.

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