Prince Harry and Meghan Markle 'relegated' to bottom of royal family's website, next to Prince Andrew
LONDON, UK: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have officially been demoted to the bottom of the royal family’s website alongside Prince Andrew. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were previously listed midway down the page, below senior royals and above minor members of the family including the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra.
The changes come after King Charles is reportedly planning to create a “slimmed down” working monarchy during his reign. The new monarch's coronation will be “shorter and smaller” than the Queen's ceremony in 1953, a royal source told The Mirror. The source said, “The King is very aware of the struggles felt by modern Britons so will see his wishes carried through that although his coronation ceremony should stay right and true to the long held traditions of the past, it should also be representative of a monarchy in a modern world. The King has long been an advocate of a streamlined or slimmed down monarchy and this project could certainly be said to fit with his vision.” And while royal fans wait to see if the King will confirm if Archie and Lilibet can be called Prince and Princess or not, Meghan and Harry have been placed right at the bottom in the list of the royal family. On the other hand, non-working royals like Prince Michael of Kent and his wife Marie-Christine have been removed from the page entirely.
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Apeaking on the matter, Daily Mail Diary Editor and Mailplus broadcaster said, as quoted by Express, "I learn that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were demoted on the official royal website on Monday [September 26]. They are still included in the ‘Members of The Royal Family’ section, but have been moved below King Charles’s first cousins. To add insult to injury, there is now only one member of the family below them — and that’s Prince Andrew, who stepped back from royal duties after the scandal over his links to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein."
Not the first time
Meghan and Harry were moved to halfway down the page around 15 months ago. They had previously been placed under the Prince and Princess of Wales, William and Kate, but were shifted below the Wessexes and Princess Royal following ‘Megxit’. The couple stunned the royal family by announcing their decision to step back from senior roles in 2020 and moved to California. Meghan faced a lot of criticism while Harry defended her and called Megxit a misogynistic term by saying, "Maybe people know this and maybe they don’t, but the term Megxit was or is a misogynistic term, and it was created by a troll, amplified by royal correspondents, and it grew and grew and grew into mainstream media."