This week the Earl and Countess of Dumbarton have announced they are stepping back from their senior roles in the Royal Family. In a statement Prince Harry and Meghan said they intend to split their time between the UK and North America and work to become financially independent. They will also continue to honour their duty to the Queen, the Commonwealth and their patronages.
Local Dumbarton MSP Jackie Baillie said their decision reflected the increasing pressure on the Royal family and a desire to protect their privacy. She believed that most people will understand and support their decision.
Jackie Baillie MSP said:
“Both Harry and Meghan are a modern family. I understand and respect why this young family, with a young child, have a desire for more privacy that would not normally be afforded to remaining a key part of the Royal Family.
“They deserve support at what is a difficult time for them and our encouragement for doing something which is quite modern and radical. The press pressure on both, but especially Meghan, has been enormous and I am sure most of us would respect why they want a degree of privacy to get on with their lives.
“At the end of the day the fact they want to become more financially self-sustaining is a positive thing too. I hope going forward the press will allow them the privacy they seek.
“The people of Dumbarton welcome that Prince Harry and Megan are the Earl and Countess of Dumbarton. The majority of people I know think they are great people and there will always be a warm welcome from them in the town when they visit. At the end of the day the fact they want to become more financially self-sustaining is a positive thing too. I hope going forward the press will allow them the privacy they seek.