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Royals will lose some of their sparkle with decision

Editor's Viewpoint

The Royal Family has lost some of its lustre with the decision by Prince Harry and Meghan to stand down as senior royals and spend their time divided between North America and the UK. There is no doubt that among younger people they were a popular couple but life in the goldfish bowl of royalty was a price the couple were not prepared to accept.

Buckingham Palace's comment that the announcement was disappointing reflects the fact that the couple did not seek advice or approval for their move. However their pledge to try to become financially independent will please many who see the cost of the royal family spread too widely.

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