#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


  • Mitja B.
    01/11/2021 12:07

    Change "the law" !

  • Rasamee A.
    04/16/2020 03:09


  • Dianne M.
    03/12/2020 15:56


  • Nancy J.
    03/12/2020 12:21

    Still have tons of money so can do as they please

  • Barbara D.
    03/12/2020 11:33

    Queen Elizabeth Uncle cave up the throne that's why she became the Queen and yes her Uncle stayed Married and lived happily ever after

  • Melody S.
    03/11/2020 23:36

    I am so tired of reading about this couple

  • Judy C.
    03/11/2020 22:03

    Who cares

  • Mary A.
    03/11/2020 20:51

    I hope they're still close to their family

  • Frances D.
    03/11/2020 16:44

    That is a dumbest decision that Harry made because he listens to his wicked wifey who hates the queen.

  • Mary S.
    03/11/2020 12:36


  • Rose S.
    03/10/2020 13:19

    Let's see what happens next. Oh, Meghan will probably act and maybe harry will too.

  • Elizabeth M.
    03/10/2020 06:56

    Do you wan some cheese with that

  • Geraldine D.
    03/10/2020 05:58

    Good luck to both wish you joy happiness of cause love:) :) :)

  • Anne M.
    03/09/2020 14:51


  • Cathlene B.
    03/08/2020 23:51

    No problem if they chose to not want to be royal s anymore but go and live without being in the public like they want to be. Do like the others who have up their places in royalty -- a quiet life. Don't claim to want privacy and then go and go do movies and such. Makes them look like hypocrites. Anyway, our lives were predestined so what is happening with them is what is supposed to happen.

  • Tonie A.
    03/08/2020 15:56

    So happy love was more important.

  • Wil M.
    03/08/2020 15:42

    Real man

  • Janice H.
    03/08/2020 15:27


  • Afaf T.
    03/08/2020 04:02

    خليك ماشي وراها وشوف آخرتك حتبقي ايه

  • Deb A.
    03/08/2020 02:23

    Good For You...Take Care...Peace

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