Harry and Meghan made the shock announcement they are standing down as senior royals on Wednesday to split their time between the UK and North America.
The news made front pages around the world, with headlines wondering what comes next after ‘Megxit’.
Perhaps the most striking effort came from the New York Post, which mocked up a photo of the royal couple living in a trailer after trading their royal connections for the ‘commoner’ life.
The New York Post produced the most striking front page from the news of Harry and Meghan’s departure as senior royals, imagining them living the ‘commoner’ life
Germany’s Bild newspaper reported on a ‘royal ruckus’ and the fury of the Queen after the pair announced their sudden departure
Italy’s Repubblica said they had ‘divorced’ from the Royal Family, while saying the Queen was ‘annoyed’ at the decision
In Portugal, popular news site PN announced that the pair had ‘abdicated’ as senior royals and will be spending time in North America.
Denmark’s Ekstra Bladet reported on Harry and Meghan’s plans to become financially independent, while noting that they will still take some taxpayer money.
In Germany, tabloid Bild reported a ‘Royal ruckus’ and said the Queen was left ‘furious’ after being left in the dark about the decision.
Harry and Meghan’s announcement was reported as a ‘divorce’ from the Royal Family by Italy’s Repubblica, which also noted the Queen’s distress at the news.
Spain’s El Mundo lead with the Queen’s ‘disgust’ at the decision, while French newspaper Le Figaro said they had ‘distanced themselves’ from the Royal Family.
Reception was muted in Canada, which is likely to be seeing a lot more of the couple because of Meghan’s connections to the country.
Portugal’s JN newspaper blasted the pair for ‘abdicating’, while reporting that they made the announcement on Instagram
In Spain, daily newspaper El Mundo reported on the Royal Family’s ‘disgust’ at the way the announcement was made
France’s Le Fiagro also headlined on the ‘fury of the crown’ after Harry and Meghan’s split
Canada’s national broadcaster CBC said there will be ‘a lot of questions’ following the announcement, and that the royals’ future is ‘anything but clear’.
The Toronto Sun asked whether the pair will be moving to Canada, while Global News pondered whether they might make British Columbia their part-time home.
In Britain, newspapers accused the couple of stabbing the rest of the royal family int the back by announcing the decision without consulting the Queen, Prince Charles, or Prince William.
The New York Daily News ran the news on their front page, with the headline ‘Brit hits the fan’
Denmark’s Ekstra Bladet tried to imagine the couple’s life after Megxit, saying they still plan to take taxpayer money while making their own
Sweden’s Expressen newspaper said it was a ‘knife in the back’ of the Queen
One exasperated aide said: ‘People had bent over backwards for them. They were given the wedding they wanted, the house they wanted, the office they wanted, the money they wanted, the staff they wanted, the tours they wanted and had the backing of their family. What more did they want?’
In a terse statement, Buckingham Palace said: ‘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 though.’
As part of their announcement, Harry and Meghan said they want to be ‘financially independent’ and plan to earn their own income.
They will give up their right to money from the sovereign grant, but could still take money from Prince Charles.
They will also keep their police protection – funded by the taxpayer – and have offered to carry out a vastly reduced number of royal duties in Britain and elsewhere in the Commonwealth.
They will also retain their home at Frogmore Cottage, which was outfitted at the taxpayer’s expense, in Windsor as a UK base.
But the reaction was far more positive in Canada, where newspapers were rife with speculation that the couple could move there
Canada’s national broadcaster also struck a modest tone, saying the royal announcement left ‘a lot of questions’ about their future