Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s ‘Megxit’ sparks sadness, joy and laughter in UK

Great sadness, joy and mirth have been expressed in the hours since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal family exit deal was announced.

At 6.30pm this evening the couple uploaded two statements onto their Instagram page – one from Buckingham Palace, one from the Queen.

Together they outlined the terms of their departure, with the Queen expressing her affection for the couple.

As soon as the news dropped the commentariate jumped into action to offer their fresh takes on the move.

One man saddened by the decision to remove the couple's official royal patronages was former head of the Navy, Lord West.


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"The whole situation is extremely sad, and I think it is unfortunate, after his splendid service in the military, that he will now no longer be involved with the military in the UK," he told ITV Royal News editor Chris Ship of the fact Harry will lose his three military patronages.

Royal commentator Phil Dampier also expressed sorrow at the move.

“A sad day," he wrote.

"I had high hopes for #harryandmegan but if they can’t cope doing the job I hope they find happiness elsewhere. We shouldn’t pay for their security.”

One person who surprised no one by offering a particularly hot take was Piers Morgan, who has made his dislike of Meghan Markle particularly clear over the past week.

He wrote: "BREAKING: The Queen’s told Megan/Harry to sling their part-time royal hook. Well done, Your Majesty – right decision.

"Only surprised it took her so long to get Harry to ditch his family, the Monarchy, the military and his country. What a piece of work."


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Later on the GMB host added: "Bottom line: Meghan/Harry wanted to have their cake & eat it, but the Queen just took the cake back to the royal kitchens."

Others were more sympathetic towards Harry and Meghan's decision to step away from the limelight and line of duty.

Author Greg Hogben suggested: "Meghan saved Harry. And they should be sent on their journey with the love, support and respect of the British people."

Steven Romo, an American news anchor and author, added: "I feel like Diana is somewhere up there cheering him on."

Rob Schneider, star of Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigalow and The Hot Chick, passed on his best wishes.

"Harry, You are proof that the real way to make a woman feel like a princess is to make her happiness your happiness," he wrote.

"God bless you both."

Others reacted with confusion to the new royal set up.

"So, if Prince Harry is no longer HRH, does that mean he’s no longer a Prince?" asked The Mats Podcast host Ovie O.

"If yes, what’s his new full name? He can’t just be “Harry”, surely?"

There were also those who chose to see the whole drama as one big joke.

One meme doing the rounds was of a smiling Harry overlaid by the caption "The artist formerly known as Prince" – a reference to the musician and the royal's partial move away from the HRH title.

Others offered to take Harry's place at the royal table.

"Dear @RoyalAirForce I know I was only a Sgt but since Prince Harry has been removed from the post, I’m quite prepared to step into the role of Marshall of the RAF," Green Street screen writer and RAF veteran Dougie Brimson offered.

"I have a ginger daughter if that helps."

Match of the Day host and England legend Gary Lineker quipped: “The Palace have announced Meghan & Harry have renounced their titles. Meanwhile Palace have announced Man City have renounced theirs.”

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