Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reportedly blindsided the Queen in announcing plan to “step back” from royal protocol and pursue financial independence, and while the couple may be moving to Los Angeles, Markle’s “friends” say she will wait until President Trump is out of office.
The decision to step back as senior members of Britain’s royal family has put the monarchy in “a bad state,” according to sources, who say Queen Elizabeth learned of what is being called “Megxit” from an iPad.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex plan on living part time in Canada, according to the Daily Mail, but are looking to eventually move to LA to find a home and business.
“It’s by no means an immediate thing but there is a long-term plan to end up back in the US with a second home in Canada, where they’ll also spend a great deal of time,” a source told the British tabloid.
On Monday, after a much-publicized “family meeting” the queen issued a statement, according to Fox News:
“Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family. My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family. Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.
“Harry and Meghan have made clear that they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives. It has therefore been agreed that there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the UK. These are complex matters for my family to resolve, and there is some more work to be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days.”
Markle was very critical of Trump before the 2016 election — before she wed Prince Harry — with the former actress calling him “divisive” and a “misogynist” during an appearance on Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.”
Markle said she was considering remaining in Toronto if Trump won the election — she was filming the USA Network’s “Suits” in Canada at the time.
The media trying to goad Trump during his state visit to the UK back in June, asking him about Markle’s comments.
“I didn’t know that she was nasty,” the president replied, apparently unaware of her criticism — he later clarified amid the expected backlash he meant the comments were nasty, not her.
As for moving to LA, there is a video going viral of Prince Harry informing Disney CEO Robert Iger that Meghan “does voice overs,” in what’s being billed as Harry asking Iger to hire his wife.
They are trying to take down this video of Prince Harry asking the CEO of Disney to give Meghan a job! Be a shame if this went viral. Pls do not RT pic.twitter.com/SKlCImSN83
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) January 13, 2020
Online, Markle is being likened to Yoko Ono, who many accuse of breaking up The Beatles.
Poor royals can’t catch a break …
Prince Harry and Yoko Markle. pic.twitter.com/evPXzm77qU
— Aaron Rand (@aaronrand) January 11, 2020
As if things weren’t controversial enough with the shock announcement, there’s talk the royal couple may threaten a tell-all interview in the U.S. to get better terms in the quest to break away from the royal family.
The Queen called an urgent meeting of senior royals at Sandringham on Monday to discuss their new role, according to the BBC.
The gathering, dubbed the “Sandringham summit,” reportedly included the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, with Meghan expected to join in over the phone from Canada.
Page Six reported that Markle’s public relations team in the U.S. is already in touch with major US networks and Oprah Winfrey.
“Harry and Meghan’s people have been reaching out to all the big US networks to explore the possibilities of a sit-down warts-and-all interview,” a royal source is cited.
“Perhaps Harry and Meghan will use this as a negotiating tactic as there is no way the royals want their dirty laundry out in the open,” the person added. “Maybe they’ll get more money if they agree not to talk.”
According to the source, the couple want to “tell their side of the story,” adding that Markle “feels she’s been silenced and is no longer prepared to be muted.”
As for the warts… well, given Markle’s liberal constitution, there’s little surprise here.
“She and Harry feel the royals have been racist and sexist,” the source claimed. “Her people are actively exploring opportunities.”
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