The year, nascent as it is, has become one rollercoaster bump after the other. What else besides earthquakes, possible war, airplane crashes happened this week? Well, this is not that huge when compared to these global events. However, it’s an interesting and silly so-called shocking event. Prince Harry and his wife Meghan announced rather unexpectedly that they were going to step back as senior members of the royal family. In other words, they’ve had enough. And, let me tell you there are many people out there who have similarly (well in everyday life) stepped back from family. From toxic family situations, more specifically. That is, at the end of the day, what I’m getting out of this news event.
When Meghan met Harry, she knew he was a Prince. She also knew that there was going to be intense media spotlight. She’s an actress, afterall. Thus, one can argue that she knew what she was getting into. However, it’s one thing to know about it beforehand and it’s another thing to live and breathe it everyday.
Millions of people around the world watched their wedding. Many were hoping for that fairy tale life to follow the fairy tale wedding. There was the underlying hope that comes with all the tales we were told as children, that there was going to be a happily ever after life. The books end there. Now, we are past the book endings.
In popular culture, we are seeing these trends as well. For instance, across many television shows Superman has hung up his tights in order to settle down with his family. Superman needed to take a break from saving the world repeatedly and just be a family man. This is a common theme these days. Why shouldn’t Harry and Meghan want out? Of course, it is not that easy. He is royalty. Society has funded his life and lifestyle. Question is what route will they take towards financial independence? And, will society let them be?