The Royal Tea


Clara Cianfarano

Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, are starting to pursue a calmer lifestyle away from Royal life (Photo courtesy of Clara Cianfarano).

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been swarmed by the media and paparazzi ever since they went public with their relationship about three years ago. But, how much is too much? The backlash has been harsh on the couple and family altogether because the Queen has much more important things to deal with. This has been a major factor in their decision to step down from their Senior Royal duties.

“I don’t think that they will be able to shield themselves from the media. I think that they will be pursued even more now that they have made a big scene with their exit. Everyone is very curious about their lives now and what they are going to do next. I don’t think they will ever be able to fully escape the media and paparazzi,” said Corey Cianfarano.

Announcing that they are stepping down has only caused more chaos for Harry and Meghan in regards to the media. They have now moved to Canada and will be living there instead of England in hopes of living a calmer lifestyle. Since moving, they have filed legal threats against the paparazzi for taking pictures of Meghan with baby Archie while walking her dogs. These photos were taken without Meghan’s consent as she claims the photographers were hiding in the bushes, and she did not know they were there. Alongside those pictures, the paparazzi also tried taking photos of her while she was inside her home in Canada, which is illegal.

“Since they decided this on their own, I don’t think security should be granted for them especially considering they moved to another country,” said junior Katy Patrick.

There has been a lot of debate as to who should and/or will pay for Harry and Meghan’s security. They are Royals, so they cannot be left without the protection of some sort of security force because of the royal ties they still have. In England, Royal security is paid by taxes from citizens of the country. However, now that they are residing in another country, who will pay for their protection? Canadians have loudly voiced their opinions. They do not want to be stuck with the bill for having Royals in their country. This has led to much curiosity as to if the Queen should be the one who still pays for their security through British taxes.

“I don’t think the Queen should have put her foot down and not allow Meghan and Harry to step back. I believe that Meghan and Harry are independent enough to make their own decisions about their future and the Queen should respect their decisions,” said J.L. Mann senior Kaylee Wolf.

Queen Elizabeth II held a summit between herself, Prince Charles, Prince William, and Prince Harry to discuss the news of Harry and Meghan leaving Royal life. The Queen called this summit as a result of Harry and Meghan releasing the news without the consent of the Queen and shocking the world. Leading up to this historic, rare meeting, it was unclear as to what the Queen’s position was on the matter at hand.

However, after the summit, the Queen issued the following statement: “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.”

In reference to “the coming days” and “final decisions,” the couple have now pretty much finalized their wishes, making them realities. The couple has decided to no longer use their Royal titles as Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Now, Harry and Meghan are allowed to pursue their own careers that they may not have had the opportunity to while still holding Royal titles. Although they have stepped down as Senior Royals, they are still expected to continue living by the expectations of the Queen out of respect for Her Majesty, as they are still a part of the family. 

“I think they could have quietly stepped back or taken a less public role without officially causing the big scene or stir that they have caused. This is Harry’s family, and they are providing for his family. I’m sure the Queen hoped for a less public transition or another solution that would work for both sides involved,” said Cianfarano.