Meghan and Harry's Waxworks Moved Away From the Royal Family | 22 Words

The wax figures of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been removed from the royal display in London's Madame Tussauds.

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Now, since stepping down as senior royals in January 2020, the scrutiny surrounding Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, has intensified to unimaginable levels.

In a joint statement via Instagram, Harry and Meghan announced that they wanted "a normal upbringing for their child" and they felt that spending their time between the U.K. and America would be much more appropriate for their family environment.

Quite understandably, this came as a huge shock worldwide...

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As it did to the royal family themselves.

Reports at the time of the announcement claimed that the Queen wasn't notified of Harry and Meghan's plans to step down until after their social media revealation.

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Her Majesty published a statement shortly afterward, which read:

"Discussions with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage. We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through."

Harry's relationship with his brother, William, also came under strain following his departure, reports claimed.

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The future King of England was reported to have distanced himself from Harry and Meghan, with claims surfacing that the pair didn't speak for months.

But, regardless of the controversy, the couple stuck to their word and made the move to Los Angeles...

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Where they remain today in Montecito, Santa Barbara, an area renowned for its secluded hillside estates that promise the utmost privacy and, thus, have attracted a whole host of celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Tom Cruise, and Ellen DeGeneres, who all own homes there.

The pair seem to be living the lives they've always wanted in L.A...

And to make things even more exciting, they announced on Valentine's Day that they are expecting their second child together with this highly-publicized photoshoot.

But despite the big move and step down, the couple still weren't content with their roles in the British monarchy...


So, earlier this year, they announced that they would officially not be returning as working members of the royal family.

A statement from Buckingham Palace said the royals were "saddened by their decision" but that Harry and Meghan "remain much-loved members of the family."


"Following conversations with The Duke, The Queen has written confirming that in stepping away from the work of The Royal Family it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service," the statement read.

"The honorary military appointments and Royal patronages held by The Duke and Duchess will therefore be returned to Her Majesty, before being redistributed among working members of The Royal Family."

Predictably, the announcement triggered a total media storm...

And among all of the love and support came the negativity and surges of criticism.

And, just when we thought tensions couldn't get any higher, the couple sat down with their friend and broadcasting giant, Oprah Winfrey, for that tell-all interview.


Both Meghan and Harry discussed highly personal topics, such as the effect the bad press had on their mental health and the truth behind various allegations made by them, such as Meghan allegedly making her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, cry - according to Meghan, Kate was the one to make her cry.

There were even accusations of systematic racism within the monarchy.


Meghan revealed that there had been "some concern" surrounding the color of Archie's skin when she was pregnant.

"In those months when I was pregnant, all around the same time we have in tandem the conversation of he won't be given security, he won't be given a title, and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he was born."

Since the interview aired, there have - quite understandably - been various rumors about the strained relationship between the couple and the rest of the royal family.


Harry made a brief solo return to the U.K for Prince Philip's funeral last month but, almost immediately after the service, he headed straight back to the states.

But now, there has been a development in the family division.


...Kind of.

As previously mentioned, Meghan and Harry have been officially moved from the royal family...


Well, their waxwork figurines have, anyway.

As previously mentioned, their figurines in London's Madame Tussauds have officially been removed from the royal display.


The popular tourist attraction, which sees around ten million visitors every year, unveiled Meghan and Harry's waxworks ahead of their lavish royal wedding back in 2018.

The figures remained there in the royal display following the wedding...


Along with waxworks of the Queen, Prince William, and Kate Middleton.

However, when they stepped back as senior royals, their figurines were moved.


And, this week, they have finally been placed in their new home.

The waxworks have now been placed in a new Awards Party zone along with other showbiz icons, such as George Clooney, and Victoria and David Beckham.


Tim Waters, General Manager at Madame Tussauds London, told The Sun:

"Ever watchful of the celebrity landscape, we've moved Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's figures to join their Hollywood friends, reflecting their new status on the world stage as A-list favourites."

Steve Davies, the previous General Manager at the museum, added:

"Meghan continues to carve out her own modern take on life as a royal, and we want to mirror her independent celebrity status in the attraction."

Who knows what the future holds for their figurines?

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