- It seems like everyone has an opinion about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's decision (opens in new tab) to step back a senior, working members of the royal family.
- Although there have been rumors of less-than-pleased responses from some royals, Harry's aunt, Princess Anne, recently went on the record in an interview with royal correspondent Katie Nicholl (opens in new tab) about the royal exit.
- Anne said that she believes "most people would argue that there are downsides to having titles" and that she thinks the decision was the "right thing to do."
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal exit (opens in new tab) has been controversial among some royal fans (opens in new tab) and, according to anonymous royal "sources," even among some members of the royal family (opens in new tab). One royal has gone very much on the record supporting the move though: Harry's aunt, Princess Anne (opens in new tab).
Princess Anne (opens in new tab) (a.k.a. Anne, Princess Royal (opens in new tab)) is Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip's (opens in new tab) second child and only daughter and she's definitely Team Sussex (opens in new tab). In a new interview with Vanity Fair (opens in new tab) (which happened to take place just a month after Harry and Meghan (opens in new tab) announced their decision to step back from royal duties), the royal made a firm statement about her nephew's big move.
"I think it was probably easier for them, and I think most people would argue that there are downsides to having titles," she explained to royal expert Katie Nicholl (opens in new tab). "So I think that was probably the right thing to do."
Anyone who knows much about the royal family won't be surprised by Anne's stance, of course. Even though she's still a working royal herself, she and her first husband, Mark Phillips (opens in new tab), opted to break royal tradition and decline HRH titles for their children, Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall (opens in new tab). Harry and Meghan, of course, made the same call when their son, Archie Harrison (opens in new tab), was born in 2019, deciding against having the Queen give him a royal title (opens in new tab).
It's good to know that, no matter how many rumors there are of royal feuds related to Harry and Meghan's exit, they have at least one relative who is firmly on their side.
Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
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