Prince Harry and his wife Meghan have announced they are stepping back from their royal duties. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex plan to divide their time between the UK and North America and want to become financially independent.
The news hasn’t gone down well with the rest of the royal family, with Palace officials said to be disappointed with the impending split.
Michael Rowland interviews Chris Ship, the Royal Editor at Britain’s ITV News.
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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.