Megxit: How newspapers reacted to Harry and Meghan ‘stepping back’ from Royal Family

Andy WellsFreelance Writer

The decision by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to quit life as senior royals surprised the world on Wednesday night.

It is understood the royal couple had just begun talks with the Queen and Charles about their future roles when they made their decision to go public.

The mood at Buckingham Palace is understood to be one of disappointment while the BBC has reported that senior royals have been "hurt" by the announcement.

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Britain’s newspapers had their say on ‘Megxit’ this morning - and several front pages feature blistering attacks on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Not a single paper was sympathetic to Harry and Meghan, although some were more reserved in their views, arguing the desire for less scrutiny by splitting their time on both sides of the Atlantic is understandable, especially since the birth of son Archie.

Others are more scathing.

Newspaper reaction to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepping down from royal family
Newspaper reaction to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepping down from royal family
Newspaper reaction to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepping down from royal family
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The Sun describe the couple's decision to quit as 'Megxit', and claimed it had led to a 'civil war' within the Royal Family. The paper cites sources that say Harry's father and brother are 'furious'.
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The i says the pair are quitting in a 'search for privacy' and that the Monarchy is facing the 'most turbulent time since the 1936 abdication'.
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The Times' editorial said the announcement carried all the signs of the 'petulance and hot-headedness for which Prince Harry is sadly becoming well-known'.
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The Guardian highlights the pair's complaints of 'media bullying and smears' in their coverage of the story.
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The Daily Mirror, one of three papers facing lawsuits from the couple, fumed in its coverage of what it called 'an extraordinary day in the history of the Royal Family'. The paper rounded on the couple for not informing the Queen or other family members before going public.
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Across the Atlantic, the New York Post also described the decision as 'Megxit'. The front page features an unflattering image of Harry and Meghan as a 'common' couple sitting on front of the television holding cans of beer and cigarettes.
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The Daily Express described the decision as a 'bombshell' but was relatively placid in its editorial, aside from highlighting the lack of family consultation.
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The Daily Telegraph says that the Queen was 'blindsided' by Harry and Meghan quitting and is feeling 'devastated'. They say the statement put out had not been approved by the Palace.
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The Daily Mail - whose sister publication the Mail on Sunday is also being sued by the couple - devoted its first 17 pages to the 'astonishing statement' by the 'rogue royals'. In its main editorial, the Mail said Harry had pressed the 'nuclear button' on his royal career.
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The Metro front page is more tempered in its coverage, but reports on how Harry and Meghan made their decision 'without telling the Queen'.
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