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Last week, a piece of shocking news nearly hogged all the headlines of British newspaper–Prince Harry and Meghan released a statement, saying that they plan to step back from royal family roles! What triggered them to make such a decision and what was the reaction of other royal family members to this issue? Let’s listen to the audio to learn more.
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On the night of January 8th, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle had dropped a bombshell, announcing they are quitting their roles as senior royals to spend more time in North America. Harry and Meghan revealed in a statement that they plan to split their time between the UK and North America, while “continuing to honor our duty to the Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages.” They want to become _________(2 words missing) and “carve-out” a “progressive new role.”The decision came “after many months of reflection and internal discussions,” they added.
Insiders said that the 93-year-old monarch and senior members of the royal family, including Prince Charles and Prince William, were _________(3 words missing) by the release of the couple’s statement. The couple did not consult any other royal about making their personal statement.
So why did they make such a decision? Last year, Prince Harry and Meghan have publicly revealed their struggles under the media spotlight. Harry once said that his wife has become one of the victims of a British tabloid press who has launched a ruthless campaign throughout her pregnancy and while raising their newborn son. Meghan said that she “really tried to adopt this British ________ (1 word missing) of a stiff upper lip,” but this is internally damaging to her.
The Queen has met senior royals to discuss the future roles of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Prince Harry and Prince Charles all attended the meeting. The couple was already preparing to launch their own Sussex Royal charity, which they set up after splitting from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s foundation last year. And in December, it was revealed that the couple had made an application to trademark their Sussex Royal brand across a string of items including books, clothing, and education.
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