Drama as Royal Couple Harry & Meghan Run Away From Royal Duties

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Early on Wednesday evening UK time, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Princess Meghan Markle issued a statement announcing their intention 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.” This seems to have been widely interpreted as an announcement they were resigning from royal life. But they’re not.

As the evening wore on, a new website for the couple — www.sussexroyal.com – slowly spluttered into life, which bore all the marks of hasty copy-editing. In a series of statements across its pages, the pair made clear that they intend to remain ‘”royal” patrons of charities, take part in some royal activities, and most importantly of all, continue to receive money from Harry’s father, the Prince of Wales, who in turn receives most of his income from the royal body, the Duchy of Cornwall. Even the Sussexes’ own website acknowledges that they’re only relinquishing 5% of their existing income.

Meanwhile, the Queen’s offices at Buckingham Palace put out a terse response stating that nothing had yet been finalized. Harry had warned neither his grandmother, his father nor his brother that he would be making this statement. The BBC reported that Buckingham Palace is “disappointed” — Britspeak for “the Queen is livid.”CNN reports that the Queen had asked Prince Harry not to release this statement before further negotiations with the royal family, but he ignored her request.

Meanwhile, Meghan Markle has headed back to Canada, where she left baby Archie behind with best pal Jessica Mulroney as the pair prepared to quit the Royal Family.

She flew back after just three days in the UK leaving Prince Harry to hold crisis talks with the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William on their exit from public duties.

A spokesperson confirmed today Meghan, 38, has left the UK to rejoin eight-month-old Archie in Vancouver, and is expected to stay there for the foreseeable future.

Harry, 35, is staying in Britain to host the Rugby League World Cup 2021 draw next week.

It is thought the pair didn’t want their son to suffer jet lag flying ten hours to and from Canada inside five days.

A source said: “It was only a flying visit for Meghan. She wanted to get back ‘home’ to Archie.”

Mulroney, 40, shared an Instagram post backing her pal as the bombshell statement was dropped on Wednesday.

It read: “A strong woman looks a challenge in the eye and gives it a wink.”

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