How does Harry and Meghan’s decision affect the monarchy? - BBC Newsnight

  • Published: 10 January 2020
  • Are we likely to see a reshape of the British royal family?
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    The ramifications for Harry, Meghan and the monarchy more widely are still unclear, following the couple’s announcement that they’re to “step back” as senior royals.

    Can they be semi-detached with all the complications that would entail? Or would a hybrid relationship simply not work? Lewis Goodall reports and Kirsty Wark is joined by Robert Lacey, Jamelia, Kate Williams and Fraser Myers.

    Newsnight is the BBC's flagship news and current affairs TV programme - with analysis, debate, exclusives, and robust interviews.


Comments • 8 087

  • Brenda Matthews
    Brenda Matthews  2 hours back

    Prince Harry will always be Queen Elizabeth II grandson, but he doesn't have to be HRH or receive ANY MONEY FROM THE TAX PAYERS.

    • Sammi F.
      Sammi F.  3 hours back

      Sacrificed her life? She did exactly what she wanted to do .

      • Gordon Smith
        Gordon Smith  4 hours back

        As the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are minor royals, their departure doesn't effect the future of the monarchy

        • A Pandey
          A Pandey  5 hours back

          अगर मेरा कबीलियत होगा isis रास्त देखा का गुना है सजा दे सकते

          • Monique Agbor
            Monique Agbor  5 hours back

            But where's Andrew?

            • Janet Mensah
              Janet Mensah  6 hours back

              It will affect the queen, cos they're hard working couple's

              • UD K
                UD K  6 hours back

                I was just wondering if everyone just ignore the couple n let them be, as requested by the couple .... and wait n see if they can withstand the not being mentioned on any coverage. I guess they would love to create a situation that everyone is talking about it ... n they get the glory ... n bekept in the media. If all is quiet then it might take them by surprise... n one person might be very dissapointed

                • Heaze Longos
                  Heaze Longos  9 hours back

                  So sad to hear th word trademarking. Hmmmnnn. Hope all will be well

                  • jo wilson
                    jo wilson  16 hours back

                    he's more like his mother prince harry the other William is like his old man

                    • Dalia Lule
                      Dalia Lule  17 hours back

                      Prince Harry and MM are stubid. They shouldve never left the firm.
                      They have what is every man and womans dream.
                      Their rich, famous and they have armed security and shoffers to drive them around. It was a mistake the made.

                      • Victoria Sarmiento
                        Victoria Sarmiento  18 hours back

                        I think its too much hype over people who resigned from their job/duty.

                        • Regena asdf
                          Regena asdf  19 hours back

                          They want the fame and the riches but not the duty spoiled brats in my opinion

                          • Mary Slocum
                            Mary Slocum  22 hours back

                            How can you work your butt off for no money . But knowing you will never be king just the hired hand . At the bottom of pole . Please
                            I hope they can find all.the money ..they need . Let them find a whipping post somewhere else.

                            • Nyimeobari Hughes
                              Nyimeobari Hughes  22 hours back

                              SHUT UP you idiot

                              • Annie Whitley
                                Annie Whitley  1 days back

                                We should be glad they want to work and be independent. We have so many that want work. Megan is not money hungry. She already had money. People should mind their own business. And stop being jealous.

                                • Hanjaya Putra Cahyadi Gunawan

                                  Corona virus and fire in Australia are way more important than this endless Royal Family drama.. Who cares

                                  • Cymoon RBACpro
                                    Cymoon RBACpro  1 days back

                                    Who cares?

                                    • David Lumb
                                      David Lumb  1 days back

                                      "Thanks harry" love from uncle Andy

                                      • RedPillMale
                                        RedPillMale  2 days back

                                        Drama queens lol. BS feminist/ royal drama.

                                        • Sharon Bennett
                                          Sharon Bennett  2 days back

                                          LOL stop making it a racist issues.How come not a race issues when the press treated Kate ,Diana badly.It come with the titles and jobs

                                          • Anna Twink
                                            Anna Twink  2 days back

                                            This is why Royals traditionally marry the upper classes. Ordinary people like Megan are not raised with a strong enough sense of duty.

                                            • Violeta Rosales
                                              Violeta Rosales  2 days back

                                              It does not! They play a minor role.

                                              • Lynn Fowler
                                                Lynn Fowler  2 days back

                                                I agree, Australia needs your help, 24 million acres and counting. Volcano in Taal, get to the real problems. m dose not want work. What else dose she want, more money? Earn it.

                                                • BLANCA ESTELLA GARCIA
                                                  BLANCA ESTELLA GARCIA  2 days back

                                                  This person of color looks WHITE. Please stop using color

                                                  • BLANCA ESTELLA GARCIA
                                                    BLANCA ESTELLA GARCIA  2 days back

                                                    Sometimes when people are given they take for granted and fail to see the true colors. Life is a gift then one day ends.

                                                    • bell J
                                                      bell J  2 days back

                                                      The last thing any country needs is more more royal leeches. It's shocking they have been married barely a year and they want to change a 1,000yr institution. If they had been entrenched in this for at least a few years and earned some street cred they might have more standing. Also, the media has been horrible to Princess Anne because she never wanted to tow the line or play nice, their treatment of MM is no different considering she's jumped in everyone was to cater to her demands. My prediction is that they will be divorced in 2yrs or less.

                                                      • Deb&Steven Macioce
                                                        Deb&Steven Macioce  2 days back

                                                        In my opinion, I think Prince Harry and Princess Megan should keep their Royal title. Harry is Royal by birth, nothing will change that. Megan gave vows to her husband and God to honor him and their family. She is apart of him and they are family. If they no longer work for the Queen that is a government problem not a title and Royal blood problem. If they choose not to work for Queen and country then they shouldn’t get paid from the Queen or governments purse. Just because they live in a different country doesn’t mean they can’t help with fundraising or other events if the Queen asked them to help out. They should be paid for there time like anyone else that is helping with an event. It would be between the Queen and the people she wants to help her with a charity or organization. Anyone can come from a different country and give their money or time to any charity.

                                                        • Diane Messias
                                                          Diane Messias  2 days back

                                                          Somebody educate Robert Lacey in what a sense of humour is...

                                                          • Carol Wallace
                                                            Carol Wallace  2 days back


                                                            • Dulce Kristiansen
                                                              Dulce Kristiansen  2 days back

                                                              Ha Ha Ha what time, ask for Harry what about Henrik ha ha ha

                                                              • SamWeller
                                                                SamWeller  2 days back

                                                                Glad to see the back of these tiresome Woke hypocrites, can't stand either of them; good riddance to bad rubbish.

                                                                • Kathryn Jordan
                                                                  Kathryn Jordan  2 days back

                                                                  Sounds like Harry is a little bit like the Duke of Windsor. The Duke of Windsor lived in exile; Harry could as well. Must run in the family

                                                                  • Janet Mensah
                                                                    Janet Mensah  2 days back

                                                                    British people media press tabloid u all need to chase Andrew and talk about his issues and leave Harry and Mahgan alone 👌👌👌

                                                                    • Janet Mensah
                                                                      Janet Mensah  2 days back

                                                                      British people pls talk about Andrew now not Peince Harry and Mahgan

                                                                      • Janet Mensah
                                                                        Janet Mensah  2 days back

                                                                        Prince Harry is gone ,no more fun in the palace, without Harry no more palace

                                                                        • S G
                                                                          S G  2 days back

                                                                          As a woman I am ashamed that women like that make American women look bad - Honesty should be a necessary characteristic to marry someone who represents such an important position. Megan You are not the first woman who left her country, family, friends, culture to travel to Europe and join your husband's family. I am in that case, and I can make my point. If it's possible, if there's true love, if it's possible. If your interests were different, of course after two years it was torture for you to be in Europe. I've been in Europe for 17 years and I don't regret it. Learn to be honest, Megan. It has consequences.

                                                                          • Grace Antonio
                                                                            Grace Antonio  2 days back

                                                                            It only affects those in public royalty maniac circles 😄

                                                                            • Vahe Hatch
                                                                              Vahe Hatch  3 days back

                                                                              they should adopt Greta Thumberg into the family and everything will start making sense.

                                                                              • Mistyheights
                                                                                Mistyheights  3 days back

                                                                                There's another one calling it all racism. Go away already, your really smelling up the room with your damn racism cards. Find some class for yourself .

                                                                                • mi mi
                                                                                  mi mi  3 days back

                                                                                  O please is their son.. he will always be a part of their family and no one can take it away...he is not going to be 🤴 a king left once.. give people a brake.. do we really have a monarchy?

                                                                                  • Talksense
                                                                                    Talksense  3 days back

                                                                                    AS FOR THE PETTY "PRIVATE JETS" EXCUSE,
                                                                                    WHO DOESN'T USE PRIVATE JETS TO GET TO ANOTHER LAND MASS?
                                                                                    WHERE WAS THIS COMPLAINT AGAINST LADY DIANA WHEN SHE USED PRIVATE JETS ACROSS THE PLANET FOR CHARITABLE CAUSES ?

                                                                                    WHAT WAS MEGHAN AND HARRY EXPECTED TO DO , WALK ON WATER?
                                                                                    OR SAIL THERE BY SHIP, CREATING 2X'S MORE CARBON EMISSIONS AND DESTRUCTION TO THE PLANET?

                                                                                    • Talksense
                                                                                      Talksense  3 days back

                                                                                      BLACK PEOPLE ALREADY ACKNOWLEDGE THE TRUTH,

                                                                                      BUT THIS FOREVER DESTROYS THE LIE BY WHITES THAT RACISM "ENDED 400 YEARS AGO" ,

                                                                                      AND NO LONGER EXISTS.

                                                                                      • Talksense
                                                                                        Talksense  3 days back

                                                                                        HOW CAN THEY BE "GLOBAL EMBASSADORS" FOR THE ENGLISH MONARCHY,

                                                                                        WHEN THEY HAVE BEEN STRIPPED OF THEIR TITLES?

                                                                                        • Joe Five
                                                                                          Joe Five  1 days back

                                                                                          they are so stupid global embassadors is insulting

                                                                                      • Talksense
                                                                                        Talksense  3 days back

                                                                                        IT IS SO CLEAR THAT RACISM IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS MOVE.
                                                                                        THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM WHITES ALWAYS TRY TO DISMISS.

                                                                                        AND ITS MORE PROOF THAT RACISM IS STILL ALIVE AND IT TRUMPS MONEY ANY DAY, AND IS THE REAL DRIVER ON THE PLANET , AS BLACK PEOPLE HAVE ALWAYS ATTESTED.

                                                                                        • Billy B
                                                                                          Billy B  3 days back

                                                                                          Second time an American woman has stolen a male member of the royal family ,and you can guess how much the .British hated WallisSimson.

                                                                                          • Wendy Nichols
                                                                                            Wendy Nichols  20 hours back

                                                                                            Yes, and history is repeating itself - except this time the American is a low life and slut

                                                                                        • Janie Moses
                                                                                          Janie Moses  3 days back

                                                                                          this is not about racism,I have followed this since MM joined the RF.
                                                                                          Theirs never been racism towards mm.
                                                                                          It's about her greed, dis respect and inability to follow royal protocol.
                                                                                          It's NON STOP DRAMA!!!
                                                                                          Who cares if mm doesnt like the conservative RF rules, she walks in to this family and expects to have everyone kiss her ass, then if that doesnt happen, she claims it's about, no, no.
                                                                                          I'ts about her conceited, dis respectful, fraudulant behavior.

                                                                                          • Nthabiseng Mwanyambi
                                                                                            Nthabiseng Mwanyambi  3 days back

                                                                                            Britons are real racists

                                                                                            • Mono Woman
                                                                                              Mono Woman  4 days back

                                                                                              We only want to know whom is protecting baby Archie? Nothing else. No more dribble about these two self-obsessed nut jobs. We don't care. It's beyond saturation point. Get to the point. Who is going to save that baby from that narcissistic "mother" and seriously delusional father. Do I have to watch Royal Child Abuse live now? STOP dragging that baby around by the NECK for God's sake. Save Archie. He's the only truly innocent party and he's a sitting duck. Narcissism =Child Abuse. FACT.