Although the pair have retired from their royal duties, Queen Elizabeth II was reportedly pleased about the family’s new addition.
After making the announcement, the former royals also shared that they would be having an exclusive interview with Oprah Winfrey. The question that hangs on everyone’s mind is; will the Sussexes need the Queen’s permission to grant an interview even though they are no longer royals?
Stepping Away From Royal Duties
At the start of 2020, the Royal couple disclosed that they wanted to pursue a different path and become financially independent. Prince Harry and Markle met with the Queen and agreed that the couple would no longer represent the crown.
In a statement, the British monarch wrote, “Following many months of conversations and more recent discussions, I am pleased that together we have found a constructive and supportive way forward for my grandson and his family.”
The statement affirmed that Prince Harry, Markle and their son, Archie, will always be beloved royal family members.
The Queen Supported Prince Harry And Meghan Markle’s Decision
The Queen continued and wrote that the couple’s challenges due to the intense scrutiny they faced did not go unnoticed and that she is in support of their wish for an independent life.
As members of the royal family, the action of the Sussexes had to be approved, but now that they have left the royal scenes and shores behind, they have more liberty about what they can do on their own.
An announcement which was made via Oprah Magazine’s Instagram account disclosed the upcoming exclusive interview with the Sussexes.
The Oprah Interview
The announcement revealed that the former royal couple would be having an interview with Oprah to discuss everything from life as a Royal, marriage, motherhood, philanthropic work to how the family is handling the intense public pressure.
The interview will also detail the couple’s move to the United States and their hopes and dreams for their expanding family. In the past, the Queen would have to stamp any interview before the royal couple can grant it, but since they left the family, they are at liberty to do as they please.
Before Prince Harry and Markle tied the knot, the Prince of Sussex had to get his grandmother’s approval, Queen Elizabeth II. Although the rule is pretty archaic, the 1772 Royal Marriages Act makes it possible for the monarch to forbid a royal household member from marrying someone.
However, the practice was amended in 2013 so that only the first six people in line to the throne had to seek permission. Because Prince Harry was the sixth in line to the throne at the time of his marriage to Markle, he had to seek the Queen’s consent.