British monarchy rocked by Instagram post

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan, announced on Instagram that they “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.” The two apparently did not consult with either the Queen or the Prince of Wales before publishing the statement, according to the BBC.

The statement marks a radical departure for one of the most carefully-managed families on Earth. A statement from Buckingham Palace feels frankly icy: “Discussions with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage. We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through.”

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