When the royal crisis hit the press: Here's what the media said about 'Megxit'

One of the biggest royal events of the year
Daily Express and Mirror:
The Sun on the Queen's Summit Verdict
Metro on Queen Elizabeth and Prince Harry
Italian press: Meghan beats the Queen
The media treat Meghan and Kate differently
Buzzfeed News: Meghan gets more negative coverage
Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle
Daily Mail: Megxit
Le Figaro: a transition period for Meghan and Harry
'i': a reshaped Royal Family
Daily Star on Queen Elizabeth
An idyllic family picture
The Daily Telegraph cites Queen Elizabeth
New York Post: no more dukes
Evening Standard: Face the Royal Music
The Guardian: Harry and Meghan get Queen's backing
The Times on Harry and Meghan's 'transition period'
One of the biggest royal events of the year

In January of 2020, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shocked the public as well as their own family (!) by declaring that they were going to step down as 'senior' members of the royal house. Buckingham Palace knew nothing about the radical decision. In all haste, Queen Elizabeth and her family set up a crisis meeting to talk things over.

Daily Express and Mirror: "You're free to go"

"Her Majesty regretfully agrees Prince Harry and Meghan can quit as senior royals," the Daily Express reported. The family crisis meeting caused her to still feel "disappointed" but also "supportive" of the decision of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to step back.

The Sun on the Queen's Summit Verdict

The Sun is a little less diplomatic about it. "Orf you go," it writes in the posh accent of a royal speaker - but also with a reference to a cursing word. The Queen is "not amused."

Metro on Queen Elizabeth and Prince Harry

Metro uses the title of a renowned Fleetwood Mac song: 'Go your own way.' While meeting with Harry at their holiday address of Sandringham House, the Queen and Prince Charles did not see Meghan.

Italian press: Meghan beats the Queen

The news of the big royal breakup travels across borders. "Meghan ditches the Queen," Il Tiempo reports in Italy. "Elizabeth has to give in."

The media treat Meghan and Kate differently

Meghan and Harry's move away from the royal spotlights, and even from the UK, comes after an extended period of problems with the British press.

Buzzfeed News: Meghan gets more negative coverage

In fact, Buzzfeed News reports, there appears to be a double standard as to the coverage of Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton in the British tabloids. Something that is praised in Kate, such as caressing her belly during her pregnancy, is criticized in Meghan.

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle

Buzzfeed gives other examples, too. Kate's wedding bouquet was praised while Meghan's was alleged to be toxic for her niece Charlotte. And Kate's consumption of avocados during her pregnancy was commended as a healthy practice, while Meghan's was cause for a critical article about the environmental horrors of the avocado cultivation.

Daily Mail: Megxit

The Daily Mail summarizes the outcome of the "Megxit" crisis with a sad Queen saying: "Go... if you must."

Le Figaro: a transition period for Meghan and Harry

Le Figaro in France reports that the Queen "accepts the 'detachment'" by Harry and Meghan. It adds that the Royal Family has established a 'transition period' to prepare for the couple's removal from public duties.

'i': a reshaped Royal Family

As many media do, the paper 'i' emphasizes that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex needed the approval of Queen Elizabeth to become independent.

Daily Star on Queen Elizabeth

The Daily Star uses the same slang as the Sun: 'Naff orf!"

An idyllic family picture

Will we ever see this idyllic family scene again? The photo of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles with their children, grandchildren, and daughters-in-law was taken for Charles's 70th birthday.

The Daily Telegraph cites Queen Elizabeth

The Daily Telegraph cites the Queen's official statement after she talked to her estranged grandson. "Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family."

New York Post: no more dukes

What's not mentioned in her statement, but assumed by many royal reporters, is that Meghan and Harry are going to have to drop their titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Evening Standard: Face the Royal Music

The Evening Standard's front page reads like a film poster: All the main characters are depicted, and the plot of the thriller is that Harry has to face his angry relatives over his sudden resignation.

The Guardian: Harry and Meghan get Queen's backing

The Guardian takes more of a high road in reporting the royal scandal. It's a modest headline with a friendly undertone in the midst of other global news.

The Times on Harry and Meghan's 'transition period'

After the January rumble, the Royal Family has needed a few months to sort out the intercontinental breakup. Whatever happens next, it will be assured of extensive coverage in the international media.

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