Just 24 hours after Prince Harry And Meghan Markle’s announcement to ‘step back’ as senior members from Royal family, Madame Tussauds in London have removed their waxwork. Responding to the decision to remove the statues of the Sussexes who were placed next to the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, Steve Davies, general manager at the attraction, said the couple were two of their most popular figures.
"Alongside the rest of the world we are reacting to the surprising news that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be stepping back as senior royals," he said.
"From today Meghan and Harry's figures will no longer appear in our Royal Family set."
Davies further added that despite the removal of the waxworks, the couple will remain an important feature at Madame Tussauds London, "as we watch to see what the next chapter holds for the them."
On Monday, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, in a shocking decision announced that they are stepping back as senior members from Royal family. The announcement which comes a month after the Sussex decided to spend their Christmas in Vancouver, Canada mentions that their decision to split their time between the U.K. and North America is to work and become financially ‘independent’. Further seeking the support of the Queen in regards to their decision, the Sussex’s official Instagram post clarifies that the decision came months after ‘many months of reflection and internal discussions’.
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“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We 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. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA
As per a senior loyal source, the Queen is ‘deeply disappointment’ with Meghan and Harry’s sudden decision further adding the other royals are 'shocked, saddened and downright furious' at the couple.
In a brief statement, Buckingham Palace clarified that Harry and Meghan’s announcement is not official and that they are still in discussion,’
'Discussions with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage. We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work though’ Buckingham Palace said.
As for Meghan, Harry and Baby Archie spending their first Christmas in Canada, a decision, which was also met with a side-eye by many, a statement by the palace in Dec. 20 stated,
“The decision to base themselves in Canada reflects the importance of this commonwealth country to them both’.
“The Duke of Sussex has been a frequent visitor to Canada over many years, and it was also home to The Duchess for seven years before she became a member of the Royal Family. They are enjoying sharing the warmth of the Canadian people and the beauty of the landscape with their young son.”