Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are “stepping back as senior members of the Royal Family.”
On Wednesday on social media, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made the shocking announcement, and also revealed they will “work to become financially independent,” and will “balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America.”
Hours later, Queen Elizabeth II’s office, Buckingham Palace, released a statement where they called the matter “complicated.”
“Discussions with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage,” the statement read. “We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through.”
On Thursday’s episode of “The Real,” hosts Loni Love, Jeannie Mai, Adrienne Houghton, Tamera Mowry-Housley and Amanda Seales reacted to the “groundbreaking” news.
Though Mowry-Housley was disappointed because “selfishly, I was living vicariously through them because I’ve always wanted to become a princess,” she understands that “sometimes you got to do what’s right for you and your family.”
Seales brought up the point that Markle, who was born in Los Angeles, might have felt out of place in the U.K.
“Life in England is different than in America, and maybe Meghan didn’t totally understand how different it was going to be,” the “Insecure” actress noted. “I’m sure that it’s not just the fact that she is a black woman, she’s American. Like, culturally there’s change, and I think she misses her mama.”
Houghton also discussed the possibility that Harry and Meghan may have made this decision with their 8-month-old son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, in mind.
“Maybe she’s seeing what’s going on there, and she’s like, “I don’t want my kid to have no part of this. We out!’”
When the panel discussed how they are going to make their own money, Mai mentioned Meghan’s past as a lifestyle blogger.
“She could start her own company,” she exclaimed. “When she had her Instagram account, she was very much into self-help, and lifestyle, like crafts and things like that.”
However, Love discussed the magnitude of the couple’s announcement.
“This is years — we’re talking about centuries of tradition — and for this to happen, and for the royal palace… to answer like this, there’s definitely something going on,” the comic exclaimed. “My fear is that because once you don’t have that protection, the royal protection, you’re on your own.”
Per the BBC on Thursday, the “disappointed” royal family was not consulted before Harry and Meghan released their statement.