The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their plan on Wednesday 08 January 2019 to “carve out a progressive new role within the Monarchy,” which means, “stepping back as ‘senior’ members of the royal family and work to become financially independent.” They would balance their time between the United Kingdom and North America, whilst continuing to honour their duty to The Queen, the Common Wealth and their Patronages. According to them, “this geographic balance will enable them to raise their son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing their family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of their new charitable entity.”
What their release speak to, is a feeling of two couples seeking our permission and that of the Monarchy to live their lives forwards. When in fact, they shouldn’t. Unfortunately, they must, because they are our ‘subjects’ in a way. We contribute towards their existence and without us, it seems they become non-existent. So, were they correct in thinking about their future, just like everyone of us and asking for future financial independence? They’ve probably sat down and wonder what would become of them if we were to remove those privileges some day, or perhaps, with a streamline Monarchy, such privileges become non-existent. I don’t blame them for their proactive decision.
Since released, the statement has divided people across the world and reactions have been both positive and negative. Now, what makes it even more interesting was that the statement was released without consultation with the rest of the ‘senior’ members of the royal family, which seems to show a growing tension within the Royal Family, and perhaps, heightened by the way Meghan had been defined by the British tabloids and social media. Is racism becoming increasingly coded in Britain?
Whatever our stance on this matter, what’s clear is that the two royals are still royals; whether we take their title or whatever. The beautiful blood of royals’ flow in their veins and we can’t change this. If they feel the need to go out and earn a living doing what they enjoy doing, they haven’t committed a sin. After all, Prince Harry is further down the throne, and if he feels, as a young man that he would like to make something of his life with his beautiful wife, I think we should support them and be more open to options for how they can still fulfil some royal duties. The talks about taxpayers’ money and security are so childish and vengeful. Do we not still pay security for former ministers. Let’s leave the Monarchy to resolve the issues, and stop playing devil’s advocate. They will still carry out royal duties but in a more defined way that matches their status quo. Moreover, isn’t this the reason why they plan to work towards financial independence? If they had one in the first place, we won’t be in their business – royal or not. I, therefore, hope that we can give them the respect and balance to enable them to stop being ‘a burden to us.’
Nonetheless, it would be great, if Prince Harry and Meghan could offer a statement of apology for releasing the statement without prior notification to the Monarch. Whilst, I acknowledge there might have been a growing tension that triggered the release of the statement very early, they should still have had the courtesy to notify Her Majesty of their plan to release the statement on their Instagram account. I also feel that the British tabloids owe the Monarch an apology too, for how they’ve treated Meghan Markle since joining the institution. It’s been truly disgraceful! They could have been more thoughtful of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and left them to enjoy their beautiful union without reminding Prince Harry all the time that he’s married to an African American. According to the institution of marriage ordained by God in Matthew 19:6: “They are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
I’m hopeful that the Royal Family will find a way around this tension, and soon realise, it’s not a personal attack on the institution. They’re just two young couple looking for a peaceful and fulfilling lives for their offspring and themselves. It’s not too much to ask for, and I hope for love’s sake, the royal family will handle this more open-mindedly. They are a breath of fresh air and not, ungrateful hearts, as the tabloid made them out to be.