Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan are taking a step back from their roles as senior members of the royal family and speculation has gone wild. Did the Queen know or was it a bitter surprise? Did racism spur on this decision? Was it the almost constant vitriol from the internet/some British news sites? Was it pressure from the media scrutiny? Did Meghan force Harry to make this decision? How long had they been planning this? Was this so-called "Megxit" plan in the works for the past several months? So many questions are being asked, so many theories are being bandied about, and hardly anyone knows what is really going on. The couple stated on their Instagram page 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." Prince Harry later gave a speech at a charity event in which he stated: "...it brings me great sadness that it has come to this. The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back, is not one I made lightly. It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges. And I know I haven't always gotten it right, but as far as this goes, there really was no other option."
Many are speculating about if the couple will end up staying in Canada, as it appears they might. They are also wondering what the couple will do for money since they voiced their desire to "work toward financial independence." At the end of the day, both are millionaires so barring a massive (and continuous) shopping spree, they should be all right.
If we are to go by their statements, they simply want to step away from what has become an emotionally trying situation for them. And this is a lesson that we can all use- that when entangled in circumstances that are toxic, whether it is a toxic relationship, toxic work environment, or even the toxicity that can come from persistent and pernicious media coverage, we should feel empowered to take a step back and protect ourselves. Many might criticize this sort of decision- "you can't leave the relationship- you'll have wasted ten years"... "you can't leave your job- sure, there's stress but you make good money"... "you're famous and you're rich, just deal with the negativity in the press and in the online comments"...but it is important to protect one's emotional well-being. Perhaps Meghan Markle said it best: "it's not enough to just survive something, right? That's not the point of life. You've got to thrive, you've got to feel happy."
Over the next several weeks, family, friends, and mysterious "sources" will be dredged up to comment on Meghan and Harry's decision, but what matters is that this couple made a decision that was right for their lives. And we should feel inspired to do the same.