They'll still be the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, but Harry and Meghan got what they wanted: They're free.
Queen Elizabeth II delivered formal confirmation that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be permitted to follow through on their plans to step back from their roles as British royals. The Saturday statement asserts that the couple, along with their son Archie, will remain "much loved members of my family."
"I recognise the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life," the statement continues. It doesn't get into specifics beyond that, but the mention of "challenges" and "intense scrutiny" is likely a veiled reference to what some have described as the "structural racism" the royal couple has faced. Read more...More about Queen Elizabeth Ii, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Culture, and Celebrities