Since the start of her relationship with Prince Harry, Meghan Markle has made a point of doing things her way.
While Kate Middleton and Prince William adhere to Queen Elizabeth II's strict rules and etiquette, the former Suits star and her husband prefer to create their own path—and rules—adding a modern twist to the monarch. Meghan has ditched the seemingly stockings, kissed Harry in public and even celebrated her pregnancy with a baby shower. And, keeping with the tradition of breaking tradition, she and Harry announced on Wednesday a major change in their roles as royals.
"We have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution," the parents of Archie Harrison posted on their Instagram. "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 honor 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," the statement continued. "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."
Though the move shocked and divided fans and followers alike—social media users have hailed it #Megxit—it's certainly not unlike Meghan to blaze her own trail. Keep reading for more ways the Duchess has broken with royal protocol.