In case you haven’t heard, Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, recently announced that they would be stepping back from their roles as ‘senior’ members of the royal family. Instead, they stated that they’d like to work to become financially independent while still supporting the Queen. This was shocking news all around the globe and caused waves of controversy. On one hand, people support them for initiating their own independence and stepping back from years of monarchy. However, many others disagree and argue that they are essentially abandoning the royal family. Meghan, especially, came under a lot of fire after many blamed her as the reason for the couple’s departure. While everyone is subject to their own opinions, here are a few reasons why we should actually support the couple’s decision:
- The media has always been biased against Meghan. In fact, many news outlets have voiced their thoughts against her since 2016 when the two were just dating. It is no secret that many media companies have diminished her for the same things they praised Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, for. According to an article on Vox, a recent poll suggested that a “significant proportion of people thought it was Markle’s decision, not one made jointly or by Prince Harry” to leave the royal family. It’s impossible for any of us to know what occurred on the inside or the conversations they had, which is why it’s unfair for anyone to put the blame solely on Meghan.
- The British monarchy is an outdated system. By choosing to leave that system, Harry and Meghan are setting an example for a new era of royalty. British taxpayers, for example, were responsible for paying for costs soaring in the millions of both royal weddings. The monarchy spends a lot of money, and all those expenses come from taxpayers.
- Harry and Meghan aren’t completely leaving the royal family. They’re only letting go of 5% of their current income. The couple will still act as royal patrons and be living in their home which was paid for by British taxpayers. However, they are slowly taking a step in the right direction.
By Aarushi Vyas