It turns out Twitter has a royal obsession. Minutes after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced a plan to “step back as ‘senior’ members” of the British royal family, “Harry & Megan” became the top trending topic on the social media platform.
Below are some of the best responses.
The Chicago Tribune won the cleverest social media post by tweeting “Northwestern graduate moving closer to home after spending time abroad.”
Northwestern graduate moving closer to home after spending time abroad https://t.co/TZ18eIOXdQ
— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) January 8, 2020
Vulture had a similar take:
Former Suits star to return to North America https://t.co/njTb7tnSl8
— Vulture (@vulture) January 8, 2020
Multiple posters can’t wait to see how this plays out in future seasons of Netflix’s “The Crown,” several suggesting Markle, a former actress, could play herself:
— Sean P. Means (@SeanPMeans) January 8, 2020
Whichever season of The Crown this is, count me in. https://t.co/ZPcwChkgeT
— machine gun Kele (@kelechnekoff) January 8, 2020
Meghan to play Meghan in season 6 of The Crown… ????https://t.co/pCNYXvht0Q
— Brooke Martin (@BrookeMartinTV) January 8, 2020
After Buckingham Palace released its own statement, saying discussions about a transition were “at an early stage,” many took that to mean the Queen was blindsided by the bold announcement.
“They just ghosted. This tea is delicious. Darjeerling,” Camilla Blackett tweeted.
— Camilla Blackett (@camillard) January 8, 2020
Added writer Shantira Jackson, “Markle gave more notice to USA’s ‘Suits’ than she did to the monarchy.”
Meghan Markle gave more notice to USA’s “Suits” than she did to the monarchy. We love to see it.
— Shantira Jackson (@tira_tira_tira) January 8, 2020
“American Divorcee’s: 2, House of Windsor: 0,” Scott Bixby tweeted, in reference to Wallis Simpson, an American divorcee whom King Edward VIII (Queen Elizabeth’s uncle) abdicated the throne for.
American Divorcées: 2
House of Windsor: 0
— Scott Bixby (@scottbix) January 8, 2020
— Fortuna ???? (@wooddog28) January 8, 2020
With the duke and duchess announcing they will split their time between the U.K. and North America (Canada), others mused about what their “normal” life would be like:
meghan and harry gonna taste NYC rent and move back
— Steadman™ (@AsteadWesley) January 8, 2020
how long till i see harry and meghan at the food coop
— Joumana Khatib (@joumana_khatib) January 8, 2020
Would be sweet if Harry decided to drive an Uber for a few months while he gets back on his feet
— Mike Hogan (@mike_hogan) January 8, 2020
Prince Harry is quitting the Royal Family, coming to live in America, and I can't wait to see him at Throne Depot.https://t.co/mxNTr9IshQ
— Will Noonan (@willnoonan) January 8, 2020
Not everyone was supportive of the couple’s decision. Piers Morgan, an outspoke Markle critic, accused her of splitting Harry from the Royal Family.
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. pic.twitter.com/xgKLTt2Y0Z
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 8, 2020
Polarizing British media personality echoed Morgan, writing “I bloody warned you”:
I bloody warned you.
— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) January 8, 2020