#TBT Royals who quit for love

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle aren't the first to give up their royal titles...

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced in January 2020 that they’d be officially stepping back from the British Royal Family

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

The couple indicated a desire to spend more time focusing on charity work and raising their son, Archie. Instagram: @sussexroyal - “The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back is not one I made lightly. It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges. You must believe me when I tell you that I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility, and to discharge my duties as king as I would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love.”

Some other infamous splits from the royal family:

Prince Friso of The Netherlands

Once second-in-line to the throne, Prince Friso threw it all away by marrying Mabel Wisse Smit. Smit’s college friendship with a Dutch crime lord meant that their marriage could not be sanctioned by the government. Friso married her anyway — thus giving up his claim to the throne.

King Edward VIII

The only English monarch to give up the throne did so to marry a divorced woman named Wallis Simpson in 1937. The Church of England was opposed to remarriage then, so Edward abdicated the throne less than a year after taking it.

Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya of Thailand

While attending college in the U.S., the Thai princess started dating American Peter Jensen. Against the wishes of her parents, she married him in 1972 and was stripped of her royal title.

Prince Carl Johan Bernadotte of Sweden

In 1946, the Prince of Sweden married journalist Kerstin Wijkmark. The marriage could not be approved by the Swedish government as she was the “daughter of a common man.” So, the prince renounced his title and succession rights to be with her.


01/21/2020 8:37 PMupdated: 01/21/2020 8:38 PM
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  • James B.
    a day

    but not stepping back from being stinking filthy rich from inherited wealth and access to power. I am not sympathetic.

  • Jean E.
    4 days

    Curious, did they all stay with their marriage their entire lives. A happily ever after story?

  • Jackie M.
    6 days

    Leave them be. Let a no let what hAppened to his family happen to them

  • Emerald C.
    02/20/2020 21:23

    They will be fine. Good luck in all your ventures.

  • Dian G.
    02/20/2020 02:50

    You didnt make the decision your wife did it for you

  • Michael S.
    02/18/2020 04:34

    She's Muslim and that's what they do disrupt, I'll bet money it's the Muslim culture behind this decision to divide

  • Linda G.
    02/16/2020 21:06

    we don't care

  • Bobbie B.
    02/16/2020 11:20

    Meghan and harry may the good Lord bless the both of you on y'all new journey live life to the fullest may God continue to bless

  • Helena C.
    02/14/2020 20:18

    Poor Harry

  • Linda B.
    02/13/2020 19:52

    Still say she is a gold digger never be Diana or Kate

  • Sally M.
    02/12/2020 03:05

    I wish them both well. Did you see Harry talking to film producers saying she would be good in Disney voiceover. He has plans for them ! Good luck

  • Hazel P.
    02/10/2020 00:56


  • Martha T.
    02/09/2020 16:23

    Good for them! Life is too short to be unhappy!

  • Kathy M.
    02/06/2020 18:20

    they should also give up the line of succesionfor harry and his son also titles of duke and dutchess they want to be privete then be private

  • Lucille M.
    02/06/2020 12:54

    Good, they won't be prisoners anymore.

  • Deborah T.
    02/06/2020 00:16

    Who cares. So sick of them.

  • Mike J.
    02/05/2020 19:04

    Has any one noticed, that since they moved to the US, that there has been NO paparazzi, or sick news media trying to continue destroying there life. They made a great decision.

  • Elizabeth C.
    02/03/2020 00:06

    I hope Prince Harry was absolutely 100% about this change .

  • Jeannine C.
    02/02/2020 00:26

    She wanted the title and everything that came with it except the responsibilities.

  • Jo A.
    02/01/2020 04:23

    Go for it guys,your happiness is what counts.