Following a year of particularly relentless media attention, Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, announced they would step back from their roles as senior members of the royal family and—in a notable break from the past—work to become “financially independent ” in a joint statement posted to Instagram. But after that, what has happened so far? Here are the top ten headlines that followed the couple's decision:


1. Queen Elizabeth ‘hurt’ for not being aware of Harry and Meghan quitting royal life


Things That Happened After Harry and Meghan Quit Royal Life

Harry and Meghan did not consult the Queen or Prince Charles before making their shock statement about ‘stepping back’ from royal life, it has emerged. Senior members of the Royal Family are said to be disappointed and ‘hurt’ at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s decision to quit their current roles and gain financial independence. The pair said they will now split their time between the UK and North America ‘while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen’.  Read more.


2. Prince Charles to stop funding Harry and Meghan after their decision to quit


Prince Charles to stop funding Harry and Meghan after their decision to quit

Prince Charles has made it clear he will stop funding Harry and Meghan if they completely ditch royal life, according to reports. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex currently get about 95% of their costs covered by the Prince of Wales who is said to be ‘hurt’ at not being consulted before their shock announcement to step back as ‘senior royals’. Read more.


3. Queen Elizabeth orders all royals to find rapid ‘solution’ to Harry and Meghan crisis


Queen Elizabeth

The Queen has ordered all four royal households to find ‘workable solutions’ to the crisis with Harry and Meghan ‘within days not weeks’. A Buckingham Palace source said the royal family was working ‘at pace’ to sort out the couple’s new situation after yesterday’s shock announcement. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex released a bombshell statement last night saying they would be ‘stepping back’ as senior royals. They said they wanted to become financially independent royals who would divide their time between the UK and North America.  Read more.


4. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle post new photos of ‘secret’ visit to Grenfell kitchen


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle post new photos

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have returned to Instagram following the shock announcement they wish to step down as ‘senior’ members of the royal family. In a post on their @sussexroyal page the couple revealed photos of their ‘secret’ visit to a community kitchen set up in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle can be seen smiling and laughing while chatting with staff and helping prepare food at the Hubb Community Kitchen in London shortly before the bombshell news broke.  Read more.


5. Headlines About Prince Harry On Giving Up Royal Titles


8 Headlines About Prince Harry On Giving Up Royal Titles

Prince Harry broke his silence after shocking the world by renouncing his royal titles, saying that both he and wife Meghan Markle came to the decision with “great sadness” after “so many years of challenges.” Queen Elizabeth ‘hurt’ for not being aware of Harry and Meghan quitting royal life. Here are the headlines about Prince Harry On Giving Up Royal Titles according to the UK Media.


6. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's official wedding souvenirs wiped from royal site


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's official wedding souvenirs

he Duke and Duchess of Sussex's official wedding souvenirs are no longer featured in the Royal Collection's online shop in the wake of their decision to quit royal life. The commemorative range, released ahead of the couple's 2018 nuptials, included a fine bone china coffee mug, a tankard and a plate, among other items. Some pieces were still available to purchase as recently as a few days ago, including a pillbox reduced from £35 to £10 and a miniature mug reduced from £19.95 to £10. But now, searches for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex bring up no results on the site. Source.


7. 'I was jealous of Charles... I cried': Thomas Markle tells bombshell documentary how he watched 'beautiful' daughter Meghan marry Prince Harry from a 'safe house' after being forced to stay away


Thomas Markle

The Duchess of Sussex's estranged father told a bombshell documentary how he cried as he watched her marry Prince Harry on TV from a 'safe house' after his release from hospital.

In the 90-minute documentary that aired on Channel 5 last night, a visibly crestfallen Thomas Markle described having to watch his daughter Meghan walk down the aisle on television as he recovered from a heart attack.

An emotional Mr Markle told the interviewer he was 'jealous' of the Prince of Wales walking his daughter down the aisle was something he 'really wanted to do'.

He said: 'My daughter looked beautiful. I wish that I could have been there with her. I was certainly appreciative Charles was there. I admit I cried a bit about that. To this day I can't forget that moment.' Source.

8. Thomas Markle opens up trove of unseen photos and videos from Meghan's childhood during extraordinary TV interview in which he insists she and Harry 'owe him' and he slams the royals as 'stiff' 

Thomas Markle opens up trove of unseen photos

Thomas Markle has shared extraordinary unseen photos and films of his Duchess daughter for a 90-minute bombshell documentary where he spoke of their loving and close relationship before she dumped him for Harry and his 'stiff' royal family.

The 75-year-old also described his pride after the birth of his daughter in August 1981 as he opened up to Britain's Channel 5 in a film, watched by 1.2million people last night - just days after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex started their new life in Canada. 

Mr Markle says Meghan's childhood years were 'the happiest of my life' as he shared dozens of pictures of her key moments including on the day she entered the world and as father and daughter bonded while he changed her nappies in the following days.

There are also a string of happy photos of Meghan with her mother Doria Ragland, including at family Christmas parties and summer picnics near their home in California, before she moved in with Thomas as a teenager after the couple's divorce. 

Mr Markle has also shared rare home video footage of Meghan's first school productions where he says a star was born, her high school graduation, leaving for college as well as family photos as she won her first Hollywood parts and secured her breakthrough on Suits.  Source.


9. The Queen pulls out of traditional WI meeting due to illness


The Queen pulls out of traditional WI meeting due to illness

The Queen typically joins the Sandringham Women's Institute meeting every year – something she has been doing since 1943 – but on Thursday, the 93-year-old was forced to pull out of her annual visit because she has a cold. The monarch usually joins the WI ladies for tea and cake, and then listens to a speech. This year, the speech was delivered by BBC newsreader Huw Edwards. Last year, the royal made headlines during her time with the WI, as she took part in a live game of Pointless, which was hosted by Alexander Armstrong. What's more, her team won in a best-of-five match, and were given a coveted Pointless trophy. Source.


10. Meghan & Harry Wearing Beanies Outside Marks The Dawn Of A New Era


Meghan & Harry Wearing Beanies Outside Marks The Dawn Of A New Era

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry aren’t at Windsor Castle anymore, a fact proven by their recent choice of headgear. 

Just days after the couple resigned from their royal duties in favor of a more low-key lifestyle in Vancouver, Canada, both Harry and Meghan were spotted participating in “normal” activities: Markle went for a hike in the woods with Archie and their two four-legged friends, Oz and Guy. Harry flew commercial… and carried his own bag off the plane (shocking, I know). But if the duo’s new lifestyle isn’t sign enough that a new era has begun, their casual beanies totally are. Source.

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