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Royal Family Update

The Royal Family is arguably the most famous family in the world. Either beloved a loathed, it’s not a stretch to say that nearly everybody in the world knows them. But what is the classic family up to now?

Let’s start with Duchess Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Meghan Markle was already breaking boundaries as the first mixed-race Duchess in the royal family, becoming an icon for future generations. Sadly, they had to deal with the racism that came with it. The media coverage of them was unbelievably bigoted; for example, comparisons made between Duchesses Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, accusing Meghan of being vain and prideful for cradling her baby bump while Kate was applauded for the same.

This reached a boiling point when on January 8, 2020, Meghan and Harry announced that they were officially leaving the royal family. In the unprecedented statement, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said: “After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution.” 

Of course, while that might’ve been at the top of everybody’s news feed for a while, it is not all that is happening in the Royal Family. Queen Elizabeth’s nephew, David the Earl of Snowdon, and Serena the Countess of Snowdon have announced their divorce, the second in this week itself. Just days earlier, the queen’s eldest grandson, Peter Phillips, 42, and his wife, the former Autumn Kelly, 41, announced they were splitting after 12 years of marriage and two children.

 

By Mihika Shivakumar

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