People have taken sides in the royal family battle and among the followers, things are at a stage where you can either be with Harry or with William.
For Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, leaving the royal family has come at a cost. They have lost connections and fans in the UK. People have taken sides and among the followers, things are at a stage where you can either be with Harry or with William. The brothers and their wives may not have wanted their internal conflict to be played out by their followers, but that's where things are at.
Harry and Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have broken away from the royal family yet again. This time, it was not through anything they did. Madame Tussauds, the waxwork museum in London, had removed the couple's life-size wax statues from the royal display in 2020, soon after the couple announced their decision to step back as senior royal members. They are no longer positioned at the British royal family section.
A little more than a year after the couple broke away from their royal family, the waxwork museum has situated their models in the Hollywood zone, according to Reuters. "Harry and Meghan have moved zones - Madame Tussauds London has moved its figures of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to their brand new Awards Party zone to reflect their move from Frogmore to Hollywood," Madame Tussauds said in a statement, referring to the couple's former British home Frogmore Cottage. They added that the move was done to reflect the pair's "progressive new role within the Royal institution."
"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 attraction's then-general manager, Steve Davies, had said, as per CNN.
When the museum opens on May 17, 2021, after a long lockdown, that's where visitors will find Harry and Markle. They will be next to Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Victoria and David Beckham, and George Clooney, as well as Brad Pitt, Dwayne Johnson, and Nicole Kidman.
The museum added that they have given the statues a "refreshed look." The Sussexes' outfits have been updated with Markle in a blue form-fitting dress and Harry in a navy suit. The outfits are based on a viral photo that was clicked before they announced their decision to step down as senior royals last March.
Madame Tussauds London's general manager, Tim Waters, said in a statement, "Ever watchful of the celebrity landscape we've also moved Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's figures to join their Hollywood friends, reflecting their new status on the world stage as A-list favorites."
Previously, the wax dolls were located next to Queen Elizabeth II, the late Prince Philip, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The couple purchased a home in California, where Markle grew up. Recently, Harry and the former actress have been making appearances in chat shows and podcasts in Hollywood. In one of the recent ones, Harry spoke about his life in the royal family.
He appeared on the Armchair Expert podcast hosted by U.S. actor Dax Shephard, as per Reuters. On the podcast, he compared his life to the Truman Show, which is a film about a man whose life was a television reality show without his knowledge. Harry also revealed that in the initial days of dating Markle, they had met in a supermarket to avoid paparazzi and that they have more freedom in California.
"Living here now, I can actually lift my head and actually I feel different, my shoulders have dropped, so have hers, you can walk around feeling a little bit more free," he said. "I get to take Archie on the back of my bicycle. I would never have the chance to do that," he said.
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