The memes about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ‘leaving that dusty palace’ are here

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced Wednesday that they are stepping back from their duties in the royal family.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their intentions through an Instagram post. In the post, the couple revealed that they plan to step back as “senior” members of the royal family. They intend to become “financially independent” and to “balance” their time between the U.S. and the U.K. People all over the globe communicated their shock at the news through memes because, apparently, that’s how we handle our emotions in 2020.

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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

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The memes quickly started flooding in, from both fans and critics of the royal couple. Supporters of the move congratulated the duo for “leaving that dusty palace.”

Some people amused themselves by imagining Harry taking on the regular tasks that non-royals tackle every day. Doing laundry, cooking his own meals, and even paying taxes could be jarring to the 35-year-old prince. “Meghan and Harry gonna taste NYC rent and move back,” one person wrote.

Other memes poked fun at the press and British public for their outrage over the announcement. “If you’re angry about but said nothing about , re-evaluate your prejudices,” one user wrote.

More than anything, people were overjoyed to hear of the couple’s decision. “The Meghan and Harry story is great because it’s like a reverse Aladdin where the prince marries a commoner who rescues him from his castle,” one Twitter user wrote.

As of press time, many on Twitter were still mocking the royal family.

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Nahila Bonfiglio

Nahila Bonfiglio

Nahila Bonfiglio reports on geek culture and gaming. Her work has also appeared on KUT's Texas Standard (Austin), KPAC-FM (San Antonio), and the Daily Texan.