In an anticlimactic new development, the Queen of England gave her blessing for her grandson and his family to decrease their involvement in the royal family. Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, dropped a bombshell on Instagram on January 8 when they posted their intention to step back from their duties as senior royals, buy a house in North America, and foot their own bills. This shocking announcement prompted an emergency meeting of the Queen, her direct successor Prince Charles, and the Princes William and Harry.
The royal meeting lasted 2 ½ hours and resulted in a public statement conveying the Queen’s support for Harry and Meghan’s vague and progressive plan. The media made much ado about her choice to not use their titles in the statement, but she was a grandmother writing about her grandson and granddaughter-in-law, so the omission was likely personal in nature and doesn’t signify any political de-titling.
Megxit reveals deep cracks in the glamorous facade of Britain’s royal family. Prince Harry and Meghan’s choice to decamp shows us that we don’t truly know what goes on behind locked palace doors. Harry and Meghan have been blasted for their entitled attitudes, but their semi-resignation from one of the most privileged lifestyles in the world illustrates what Americans have known all along: Personal freedom is worth more than any material luxury.