#Megxit is driving followers wild on social media.
In an unprecedented move, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex -- who married in 2018 and welcomed son Archie in May 2019 -- will be splitting their time between the U.K. and North America to "work to become financially independent," according to their Instagram post.
And Twitter blew up with cheers, jeers and everything in between as celebrities, fans and followers took to social media to voice their opinions on the latest news to shake up the British monarchy, which has been cheekily dubbed #Megxit.
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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
Many of Meghan's more conservative detractors wildly claimed she had an insidious grand scheme all this time to take her husband away from his family, while others praised the move a progressive one, as some see the idea of a monarchy as simply outdated.
Piers Morgan -- an infamous detractor of the former actress -- posted, "People say I'm too critical of Meghan Markle - but she ditched her family, ditched her Dad, ditched most of her old friends, split Harry from William & has now split him from the Royal Family. I rest my case."
Conservative pundit Candace Owens followed in Morgan's footsteps, with a bit more biting response, as she wrote, "Three months ago I publicly stated that Meghan’s obvious play was to convince Prince Harry to quit his role and to instead step into the A-list Hollywood life that she’s always wanted. Meghan never wanted to be royal. She has always wanted fame. Mission accomplished."
People say I'm too critical of Meghan Markle - but she ditched her family, ditched her Dad, ditched most of her old friends, split Harry from William & has now split him from the Royal Family.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 8, 2020
I rest my case. pic.twitter.com/xgKLTt2Y0Z
But controversial British media personality Katie Hopkins really went for the jugular by sharing, "After Brexit -- #Megxit. Meghan stole Prince Harry. He is but a shadow of the 'top lad with his nob out' we used to know and love. Evil wench."
The young couple, however, had their fair share of supporters, who recognized the hardships that have plagued Harry and Meghan since the beginning, including racist rhetoric and continuous public scrutiny.
Since Meghan & Harry began dating, media interest & online trolls have been relentless, sexist, racist and nasty. Meghan has been vilified. Her son Archie was compared to a chimp, her family relationships were picked apart.— Jennifer Hassan (@GuinnessKebab) January 8, 2020
The fact the two are stepping back shouldn’t shock you
Harry & Meghan writing that IG post like pic.twitter.com/y8DHncjD8F— Christina Grace (@C_GraceT) January 8, 2020
"Since Meghan & Harry began dating, media interest & online trolls have been relentless, sexist, racist and nasty. Meghan has been vilified. Her son Archie was compared to a chimp, her family relationships were picked apart. The fact the two are stepping back shouldn't shock you," wrote one fan.
Another added, "I dont understand why people are getting so upset about #Megxit after slagging her off for so long. I don't bloody blame them for telling everyone to sod off. #MeghanAndHarry."
A majority of Team Harry & Meghan had fun with the news as one follower wrote, "Oh so we are at THAT part of the Hallmark movie. cool," with another fan noting their recent holiday without the Royal family in Vancouver by posting, "One Christmas in Canada with legal weed and look what happens!"
Keep reading for more ace reactions to the earth-shattering news.
meghan and harry gonna taste NYC rent and move back— Steadman™ (@AsteadWesley) January 8, 2020
Yes Meghan and Harry, thats the kinda progressive shit that should prevail, Best of luck to both of you, very cool. #MeghanAndHarry— Luisa Omielan (@luisaomielan) January 8, 2020
All the racist white people are mad that their favorite punching bags are leaving England. Meghan had her royal baby and peaced out with her hubby. Chess not checkers. You love to see it.😂😂😂 #MeghanAndHarry pic.twitter.com/TxOt5KtyCb— Nicole Paula Oliver (@nicole_p_oliver) January 8, 2020
On the bright side, at least Meghan Markle is now free to play herself when they reach this scandalous story in Season 14 of the Crown on Netflix.#Meghan #Royals #HarryandMeghan #MeghanandHarry #RoyalFamily #Harry— Vidur Taneja (@vids99) January 8, 2020
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