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Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Have Quit Being Royals, So Everyone’s Imagining Their New Jobs

Not easy to imagine Harry working in a fish and chip shop, hey?

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

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Overnight, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle released a statement clarifying their intention to step back from their duties as ‘senior’ royals.

Of course, the pair can never really quit being part of the royal family — Harry’s dad will always be Charles, Princes of Wales. But what they can do is stop relying on the Queen for their paycheque, and step down from making public appearances in their role as ambassadors for Buckingham Palace. Both of which they plan to do, all while splitting their time between America and the UK.

“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,” says the statement, also posted to the pair’s Instagram page.

Needless to say, a statement like that is a bit like lobbing a grenade, and it’s all been a bit messy since the post went up. The British media, predictably, has acted with a mix of feverish joy and straight-up hysteria, while Buckingham Palace have released a statement that has only confused things further.

“Discussions with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage,” said a statement from the Palace that has widely read as passive-aggressive. “We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through.”

Uh, so yeah. A mess.

Of course, because this is the internet, the incident has spawned a swathe of memes, most of them imagining Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as a pair of jubilant tricksters, fucking with the Queen.

Twitter users have also taken it upon themselves to find the financially emancipated Prince Harry a new job.

Of course, all jokes aside, Harry and Meghan won’t have any issues finding jobs. They’re world-famous celebrities with ties to the world of the rich and the powerful. Don’t feel too sorry for the pair: they’ll still be making more money than you’ll ever see in your entire lifetime.