The Duke and Duchess of Sussex sent shockwaves across the globe with the announcement that they’d be stepping down as senior members of the royal family on Jan. 8 on their Instagram account, @SussexRoyal.
While Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s historic decision seemed sudden to some (including, according to reports, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles and Prince William), the intense scrutiny on the royal couple in the media and recent interviews have sent up red flags among the popular royals. Harry and Meghan have publicly been battling negative press and media scrutiny — much of it against the duchess — since she joined the royal family in 2018. The couple has filed a number of lawsuits against media companies and made public statements about how the coverage is impacting their mental health.
The royal couple is now more than ever the topic du jour, as media outlets and the public speculate their next steps. (Meghan’s return to acting? A move to L.A.?)
Megxit comes on the heels of the controversy surrounding Prince Andrew. The Duke of York was relieved of his his royal duties in November, after a disastrous BBC interview, in which he denied any wrongdoing, after being accused of sexual misconduct
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