Thunderclap at Buckingham Palace. Prince Harry and his wife Meghan announced on Wednesday 8 January that they would renounce their leading role in the royal family of England. They chose to gain financial independence and live part of the year in North America.

"We intend to give up the role of senior members of the royal family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to support the queen," the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced in a statement. If the couple therefore plans to always support Queen Elizabeth II, they now want to forge their own path, between royal duties and independent life ... far from the United Kingdom.

Prince Harry therefore distances himself but assures that he will continue to assume his role as Commonwealth youth ambassador with his wife Meghan Markle. "We are now planning to share our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honor our duty to the Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages," they added.

This announcement comes after several weeks spent withdrawing from royal life in Canada with Doria Ragland, Meghan's mother.

Last October, the young couple had confided in a television documentary and had expressed their difficulties in experiencing the media pressure related to their function.

Meghan Markle, who was perceived on arrival in the royal family as a breath of fresh air, has suffered many criticisms, including tabloids who wrote articles on her in vitriol, criticizing her behavior, after a series of resignations at the among the staff of the royal house, and wearing the nickname of "capricious duchess".

Everyone seems to have been taken, this Thursday, January 8, by surprise by the decision of Prince Harry and Meghan via an Instagram publication to renounce their royal functions.

Queen Elizabeth II was quick to respond to the decision of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex "Discussions with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are still at an early stage. We understand their desire to take a different path, but these are complicated subjects and it will take time to resolve them, ”one can read on the Twitter account of the office of the sovereign.

Elizabeth II would be "utterly disappointed," a royal source reports to the Daily Mail. Another close to the Crown adds that the members of the royal family are shocked, saddened, and shamelessly furious ”towards the couple. All sources interviewed by the British daily agree that the queen and her entourage "were never consulted on this brutal decision".

To believe that Elizabeth II is far from wanting to agree to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in their desire to renounce the status of members of the senior royal family !!!

Kate White for DayNewsWorld