When the royal crisis hit the press: Here's what the media said about 'Megxit'
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.
"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 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 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.
The news of the big royal breakup travels across borders. "Meghan ditches the Queen," Il Tiempo reports in Italy. "Elizabeth has to give in."
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.
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.
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.
The Daily Mail summarizes the outcome of the "Megxit" crisis with a sad Queen saying: "Go... if you must."
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.
As many media do, the paper 'i' emphasizes that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex needed the approval of Queen Elizabeth to become independent.
The Daily Star uses the same slang as the Sun: 'Naff orf!"
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 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."
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.
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 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.
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.