It’s barely been 24 hours since we learned that our fave Royals, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, are to take an indefinite “step back” from their Royal duties.
That’s what makes this shady move by Madame Tussauds London extra juicy.
If I’ve learned anything from RuPaul’s Drag Race it’s that ‘shade’ doesn’t need to be wordy; a clever queen can throw brutal shade with a simple look in the right direction. That’s basically what Madame Tussauds London has done by removing their Harry and Meghan waxworks from the rest of the wax Royal family, just hours after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex dropped the news.
Whether you’re on Team Harry and Meghan or Team Royals with this one, you can’t argue that this isn’t a golden PR move by the world-famous waxwork museum.
I’m beyond here for it, but I’m a shady b**ch who lives for this kind of content. Others might call it petty.
General Manager of Madame Tussauds London Steve Davies said:
“Alongside the rest of the world we are reacting to the surprising news that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be stepping back as senior Royals.
“From today, Meghan and Harry’s figures will no longer appear in our Royal Family set.
“As two of our most popular and well-loved figures, they will of course remain an important feature at Madame Tussauds London as we watch to see what the next chapter holds for the them.”
OMG, the shade of it all. I hope they move them next to Justin Trudeau.
Harry and Meghan took to their Instagram page last night to announce their decision to the world. They wrote:
“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. 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 honour 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.
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.”
This news comes after several months of speculation regarding the couple’s future with the Royal family. It has been long rumoured that the couple – along with their 8-month-old son, Archie and Meghan’s mum, Doria Ragland – are making arrangements to permanently move to Canada, having spent six weeks on Vancouver Island over the Christmas period.
Of course, now we’re all dying to know what the rest of the Royal fam make of their decision. Rumours are flying that the Queen is far from impressed, but sadly, all we have is this statement from the Queen’s office:
“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.”
That statement’s predictably vague, but we can take a sensible guess that the Queen’s pulling this unimpressed face right now.
I can practically hear the Drag Race shade rattle.
Images via Getty and Madame Tussauds
Having worked in children's media and publishing for almost a decade, Ben is thoroughly excited to now be able to swear in stories and features. He is such a big fan of Disney and Horror films that he started an LGBTQ+ podcast called 'Once Upon A Scream'. His mum listens. You can contact Ben at [email protected] Twitter: @PulsfordBen / Instagram: @thebenmidlerFollow