Over the centuries, royals and scandals seem to go hand in hand. Whether it’s about a queen who never married, rumoured infidelities, or more recently, royals who choose to leave their senior duties, it’s never a dull moment.
“Stepping back” from senior royal duties
In January 2020, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, announced they will be “stepping back” from senior royal duties. “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,” the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said on @sussexroyal, their official Instagram account. “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.”
Not only are the Duke and Duchess of Sussex resigning from many of their duties, but they allegedly didn’t notify the Queen of their stunning announcement beforehand.
Prince Andrew’s fall from grace
In November 2019, Prince Andrew also announced he would “step back from public duties”, but for very different reasons. Andrew has been plagued by allegations that he had sex with one of the then-underage victims of deceased US sex offender Jeffery Epstein. His situation was made worse when he gave a disastrous interview to the BBC in an attempt to clear his name. He remains under pressure to assist United States authorities who are still investigating the Epstein case.