In shocking news today, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle formally announced that they’ve decided to step down as “senior members of the Royal Family.”
This declaration came as an unexpected (but sort of expected) end to their continued effort to distance themselves from the public eye. And although their reasons for doing so are completely understandable and frankly applaudable after the level of scrutiny they’ve endured, my initial reaction was shock, followed by sadness. Does this mean we won’t get to hunker down for photos of the couple and their infant son, Archie, on royal tour or get glimpses of the 38-year-old duchess’s fashion? After careful consideration, I’ve come to realize that this isn’t the end of an era. Instead, it’s the beginning of a new chapter for the couple that comes with a silver lining we can all celebrate.
In case you missed it, the 35-year-old prince and his wife explained their intentions behind stepping down in a lengthy Instagram caption. It read, “After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen.”