Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are separated from the royals at Madame Tussauds London | Other reactions to the Sussexes’ announcement

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are separated from the royals at Madame Tussauds London | Other reactions to the Sussexes’ announcement

Megxit is really happening.

Madame Tussauds London announced Thursday that it has removed wax figures of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from the section containing other members of the royal family, just one day after the couple broke the news they will “step back” from their roles.

“Alongside the rest of the world, we are reacting to the surprising news that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be stepping back as senior royals,” Steve Davies, general manager of the museum, told The Independent. “From today Meghan and Harry’s figures will no longer appear in our royal family set.”

He added that visitors will still be able to see the figures, albeit in a different part of the building.

“As two of our most popular and well-loved figures they will of course remain an important feature at Madame Tussauds London as we watch to see what the next chapter holds for them.”

The tourist attraction has shuffled its figures around in the past to reflect what’s happening in the world. Madame Tussauds moved the wax figure of Brad Pitt away from Angelina Jolie after they split, just as the museum separated Pitt and his previous wife, Jennifer Aniston, when they decided to end their marriage.

However, another piece of pop culture, Netflix’s drama, The Crown, won’t depict the 2020 news. One of the show’s producers told the United Kingdom’s PA Media that the series probably won’t ever cover royal events that are happening today.

There have been other reactions to the Sussexes’ news. Rumors of a rift between royal brothers Prince William and Prince Harry have been going on for months. In the wake of Wednesday’s announcement from Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, Prince William is reportedly not pleased.

“William is understandably frustrated by his brother’s decision,” a royal source says, adding that some other members of the royal family have called the move “selfish.”

“Many family members were very disappointed with the Sussexes,” the source tells ET.

The statement issued by Harry and Meghan, the source says, was “personal” and not sanctioned by Buckingham Palace. “The notion that this came out of nowhere is not true. Family members were aware they had been struggling,” the source adds.

ET also spoke with royal expert Katie Nicholl shortly after the announcement was made on Wednesday and she said, “I’m told privately that William is absolutely devastated and quite shocked by this decision for Harry to step down from the royal family.”

Nicholl added, “I have been told by very credible Palace sources that there were discussions over Christmas when the Sussexes were in Canada. They were in touch with the senior members of the royal family, the queen, the Prince of Wales, and the Duke of Cambridge and this idea of a transition of a change to their roles of them stepping back as senior royals was something that was being discussed, but this was very early-stage discussions. Nothing had been signed off, nothing had been decided upon, and the idea was that it was going to be developed, talked about, a strategy would be worked out and then an announcement would be made.”

She added that Harry and Meghan appeared to have “completely jumped the gun” by announcing their news.

“I think William feels a sense of betrayal by his brother and possibly a sense of being abandoned too,” Nicholl said. “While Meghan and Harry weren’t the top tier of royals and by that, I mean they are not a future king and queen, you know their importance in the royal family is to not be underestimated. They are hugely valuable.”

Following Harry and Meghan’s announcement, Buckingham Palace, which represents Queen Elizabeth II, issued its own statement, noting that no final decisions had been made about the future of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

It’s no surprise that the announcement also caused an immediate stir on social media, as Twitter users expressed their very strong feelings on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to step back from the Royal Family.

 

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  1. Mitch
    January 10, 07:44 Reply

    Everyone keeps making it look like it’s Meghan’s fault that they’re splitting from the family. When you’re not fully accepted and constantly treated like crap every other day by people who are meant to be your family, there’s only so much time you can take it for before you snap. Harry is doing his job as a good husband: protecting his wife and kid from an unsavoury situation. The rest of the family can goan hang.

    Otan!

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