Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Departure Sparks Criticism

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LONDON — Prince Harry and Meghan’s shocking announcement that they plan to become part-time royals caused a painful rupture in his family. But it has also forced Buckingham Palace to confront the changing nature of British royal life as the era of Queen Elizabeth II moves toward a close.

New York Times reports: On Friday, the palace convened an emergency meeting to address the couple’s proposal that they “step back” from their royal duties, seek financial independence and live part of the year in North America. The goal, according to people with ties to the palace, was to find a quick accommodation with the couple, who have become dangerously isolated in the House of Windsor. That could come in a matter of days, they said.

Meghan, also known as the Duchess of Sussex, flew to Canada alone after the announcement to care for the couple’s eight-month-old son, Archie, who was staying there with a friend. Her hasty departure suggested that, however, the palace chooses to respond, things are not going to return to normal.


While Friday’s meeting was aimed at easing the crisis and finding a new arrangement for Prince Harry and Meghan, people with ties to the palace said it would have broader implications. Whatever concessions or stipulations Buckingham Palace agrees to could potentially be applied to other members of the family, since the royal family has always been guided by precedent.

Source: New York Times