Meghan Markle and Prince Harry shocked the world Wednesday evening when they announced via their Instagram that they were stepping down from their roles as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family as they plan to “work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen”

In what has now been dubbed #Megxit on social media, the couple revealed that they intend to divide their time living in the UK and in North America even as they continue to “honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages.”

They also shared that they will be launching their new charitable entity soon and have taken the time to answer several anticipated FAQs on their website.

Speculations floated around that the Royal Family was blinding by the news including HRM the Queen herself! Buckingham Palace through a spokesperson have said that discussions on the issue remained “at an early stage” and were not yet finalized, adding “We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through.’’

According to The Independentthe mood at Buckingham Palace is one of disappointment, and other members of the royal family were not consulted on the content of the statement made by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their new decision to step back from life as senior royals.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Just a couple days ago, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made their first public appearance of the New Year after a six week hiatus spent in Canada.

On their return they made their first public appearance since Remembrance Day at Canada House, the Canadian embassy in London’s Trafalgar Square. They met with commission staff and Janice Charette, high commissioner for Canada in the UK, to thank them for the hospitality and support they received during their stay abroad.

With latest developments, could the visit to Canada House have been more than just thanking them for their hospitality?

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