What Is “Megxit”? 

What Is “Megxit”? 

Chloe Simmons

United Kingdom- The name “Megxit” has become a popular term within the United Kingdom to describe the status of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle.

On January 8, 2020, the couple posted on Instagram stating 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”. 

The name “Megxit” is a play on the term “Brexit” regarding Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, an occurrence that will impact many more lives than Markle and Harry’s withdrawal from the royal family, the coined-term seeming to be a combination of “Meghan” and “exit”.

It  was an unexpected surprise to the queen to hear the couple’s plans, as they also announced the intention to split their time between the UK and North America. Although the queen has not yet commented on the announcement, it seems likely that she was not pleased by the recent developments.

While the queen’s opinion on the couple’s decision still remains unclear, the British tabloids have not failed to share their view and have been attacking Meghan Markle, leading to the couple to sue several businesses for their negative coverage of Meghan. 

In an interview with Meghan Markle, she stated “When I first met my now-husband, my friends were really happy because I was so happy, but my British friends said to me, ‘I’m sure he’s great, but you shouldn’t don’t do [it] because the British tabloids will destroy your life.” 

However, the newly-minted dutchess has not let the negative press affect her decision. Sources say that they plan on moving to Canada to avoid American politics including the politics of President Trump. 

Throughout the scandal, Harry has taken full responsibility for the Megxit and has reassured the citizens of the United Kingdom he is not abandoning the country he had been raised in. 

“The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back is not one I made lightly,” the Prince said. “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. What I want to make clear is, we’re not walking away, and we certainly aren’t walking away from you,” says Harry.

After his speech, he reportedly traveled to Canada to reunite with Markle and their 8-month-old son, Archie. Yet the struggle continues as British tabloids continue to place blame on Meghan Markle claiming she is the cause of the couples departure from the ‘senior’ Royal Family, and the United Kingdom. 


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