The Royal couple will be Royal no more, and Madame Tussauds was the first to let them know exactly what that entails.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry recently announced that they plan to secede from the Royal Family. In an official statement, the (former? previously?) Royal couple came forward to let everyone know that they would no longer be 'senior members' of Britain’s Royal Family. While the news has shocked everyone, we are all slowly coming to terms with the news. The first major organization to do so was Madame Tussauds in London. Taking to Twitter, the famous wax museum shared a photo of their wax statues of the Royal Family—sans the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The museum's general manager has since come forward, CNN reports.
General Manager at Madame Tussauds London Steve Davies affirmed in a statement on behalf of the museum, "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 them." The official Twitter account for the museum posted, "We’ve got to respect their wishes. #Megxit." They also posted a photo of the Royal Family's wax statues, with Meghan and Prince Harry missing from the scene.
However, while their wax statues may no longer appear alongside The Queen, Prince Philip, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, they will not be removed from the museum entirely. Madame Tussauds plans to separate their statues from the rest of the Royal Family but place them elsewhere in order to mirror their "progressive new role within the Royal institution." Of course, each statue cost the museums an estimated £150,000, or a whopping $195,000, to make. It would be a shame to simply melt them down and bid farewell altogether.
In addition to the museum in London, it appears that the New York branch too will follow in their footsteps. Brittany Williams, a spokesperson from Madame Tussauds New York, said in a statement, "To reflect the announcement we will be moving the popular figures to another area in the attraction upon their return to Madame Tussauds New York. We look forward to spending more time with the couple in North America and we will continue to watch to see what the next chapter holds for them." As the whole world grapples with Meghan and Prince Harry's announcement, it must be noted that the couple is still only in early-stage discussions with Buckingham Palace regarding their secession. The Palace asserted in a statement, "We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through."