A Couple of Months After 'Megxit' And Royals Won't Celebrate Meghan Markle's Birthday

The world came to a standstill when Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced their official departure from the royal family. This decision influenced their level of responsibility but also removed a few royal privileges. Will Meghan face insult next month when the royal bells don't ring for her birthday? Let's find out! 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex watch a flypast to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on July 10, 2018 in London, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex watch a flypast to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on July 10, 2018 in London, England.


The History Of The Westminster Abbey Bells 

A key feature of the hustle and bustle in London is the clinging and clanging of the historic bells of Westminster Abbey. The great resounding melody has been echoing for centuries and continues to do so for church festivals and royal occasions. This tradition has its origins linked to Edward the Confessor in 1065!

Image Credit: Getty Images / Director of Conservation Housekeeping Christopher Powell cleans a bell in Westminster Abbey's bell tower in London.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Director of Conservation Housekeeping Christopher Powell cleans a bell in Westminster Abbey's bell tower in London.

The archives first record information regarding the bells in the Close Rolls of King Henry III. This iconic London "choir" is now creating some issues as certain members of the royal family have been left off of the official bell ringing calendar. The current website outlines a few interesting developments...

Image Credit: Getty Images / King George V (1865-1936) and Queen Mary (1867-1953) with the 'Victory' bell for Westminster Abbey, c1910s-c1920s.

Image Credit: Getty Images / King George V (1865-1936) and Queen Mary (1867-1953) with the 'Victory' bell for Westminster Abbey, c1910s-c1920s.


Why Do The Bells Only Ring For A Few Royals?

There is a very vague understanding of when and why the bells ring for some royal family members' birthdays but not others. The bells sounded in their glorious splendor for Prince William's birthday on June 21. They were heard the following month again for Prince George's birthday on July 22.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge holds Prince George with Prince William. The family released the photo ahead of the first birthday of Prince George on July 22.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge holds Prince George with Prince William. The family released the photo ahead of the first birthday of Prince George on July 22.

Yet, it seems the bells neglect certain names. This might be because they celebrate only the monarch, along with the direct heirs to the throne, and their significant others (which is why the bells ring for the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton). Is this why the Sussex family is nowhere to be found?

Image Credit: Getty Images / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge after finishing their Royal Visit to Australia on April 25, 2014 in Canberra, Australia.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge after finishing their Royal Visit to Australia on April 25, 2014 in Canberra, Australia.


No Bells For Baby Archie?

True royal fans will remember that no bells were sounded for the son of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry when he was born at 5:26 a.m. on Monday, May 6, 2019. The tradition was, however, carried out for the special days of the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, and Camilla Parker Bowles. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa.

Various onlookers are confused by this complicated system and rightfully so. One would think that baby Archie, seventh in line to the throne, should have received this clanging honor when he first made an appearance, but royal traditions do not always appear as one would assume.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa.


The Drama Surrounding Meghan Markle & The Royal Family 

Despite the ups and downs with baby Archie's bell-ringing rights, the real interest remains with Meghan Markle and her ties to the beloved British family. Royal expert Victoria Murphy told Town and Country about the new life Meghan and Harry desire since their decision to abandon their titles. She said:

“Meghan and Harry have taken the Royal Family, the media, and the public into uncharted territory with their decision to walk away from royal life. They have stepped back not in search of a totally private life but for a different kind of public life. A public life where they can have more control over who gets access..." 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince Harry, Duhcess of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 on March 09, 2020 in London, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince Harry, Duhcess of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 on March 09, 2020 in London, England.


Saying Goodbye To Their Royal Titles

There has always been drama linked to Meghan Markle, an American actress, joining the royal family, but despite this, the Suits star has kept a brave face. Harry and Meghan have also often broken royal protocol in their aims to remain private and shield Meghan from the harsh British tabloids.  

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive to attend the Mountbatten Music Festival at Royal Albert Hall on March 7, 2020 in London, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive to attend the Mountbatten Music Festival at Royal Albert Hall on March 7, 2020 in London, England.

It should thus have been relatively unsurprising when they decided to keep certain aspects private like their son's birth and christening. The couple has tried to move away from their royal title, but this might be impossible as Victoria Murphy added

“In their endeavors, Harry and Meghan won’t be branding themselves as royal, but it is impossible to erase the ties that, in Harry’s case, are lifelong. They retain some royal patronages, have a huge profile that exists because of the Royal Family, and, most significantly, the Royal Family is their family.”

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex gesture during their visit to Canada House on January 7, 2020 in London, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex gesture during their visit to Canada House on January 7, 2020 in London, England.


The Effects Of "Megxit"

Despite the many warning signs that Meghan was unhappy with her new royal life, everyone still seemed shocked by what has now been dubbed "Megxit." On January 8, 2020, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced the unexpected news that they would no longer be senior members of the British royal family. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the 91st Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on November 07, 2019 in London, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the 91st Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on November 07, 2019 in London, England.

"Megxit", coined by The Sun, is a play on words relating to the term Brexit. Both refer to a withdrawal of sorts, and the label has since stuck. Many people were unhappy about this, and understandably, everyone had something to say. But most importantly, the world wanted to know what Her Majesty The Queen thought. 
Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the 91st Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on November 07, 2019 in London, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the 91st Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on November 07, 2019 in London, England.


How The Royal Family Feel About Meghan & Her Exit 

It has been noted that Prince Harry and Meghan followed their own paths when stepping down and did not speak to the royal family or the Queen before releasing their statement. The BBC's royal correspondent, Jonny Dymond, explained that Buckingham Palace was "blindsided" by the news, while others indicated the family was "hurt.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex watch a flypast to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on July 10, 2018 in London, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex watch a flypast to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on July 10, 2018 in London, England.

The Queen released a statement that showed various sides of how she felt. While she might have held back on her true feelings, it seemed the reigning monarch understood why Meghan and Harry made their decision, but this does not mean she was happy about it. She simply stated

“Discussions with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage. We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through."

Image Credit: Getty Images / Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during a visit to the Catalyst Museum by the Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in Widnes, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during a visit to the Catalyst Museum by the Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in Widnes, England.


The Bells Won't Ring For Meghan, A Royal Insult? 

With all of the issues outlined above, some believe that the bells of Westminster Abbey will not ring for Meghan in an attempt to insult her. But this is pure hearsay, and it is more likely linked to the royal protocol in addition to the fact that she is no longer a senior member of the royal family.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Meghan, Duchess of Sussex speaks during a special school assembly at the Robert Clack Upper School in Dagenham ahead of International Women’s Day on March 6, 2020 in London, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Meghan, Duchess of Sussex speaks during a special school assembly at the Robert Clack Upper School in Dagenham ahead of International Women’s Day on March 6, 2020 in London, England.

But wait, could there be more to the story? Some royal watchers have pointed out that the bells did ring for the now infamous Prince Andrew, who has also stepped back from his duties. These double standards sure do raise a few questions when considering this ancient bell tradition. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Meghan, Duchess of Sussex announces an award during the annual Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House on March 5, 2020 in London, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Meghan, Duchess of Sussex announces an award during the annual Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House on March 5, 2020 in London, England.


No Bells For Meghan Or For Prince Harry?!

Before you gasp with surprise, it is essential to lay down some royal context. The bells will not ring for Meghan and Harry because of royal rules. Whether or not there is more to this decision is left to your own discretion. As a source shared with the Daily Mail

"The bells are usually rung to mark the birthdays of senior members of the Royal Family, and through the line of succession to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children."

Image Credit: Getty Images / The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at Mansion House in London to attend the Endeavour Fund Awards.

Image Credit: Getty Images / The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at Mansion House in London to attend the Endeavour Fund Awards.

The Westminster Abbey bell ringing calendar also reveals that the bells do no ring for Prince Harry on September 15 because of this specific royal stipulation, which links it to the Cambridges. For outsiders, it might be challenging to understand, but so are many other royal rules. What do you think about these stipulations? 

Image Credit: Getty Images / The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at Mansion House in London to attend the Endeavour Fund Awards.

Image Credit: Getty Images / The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at Mansion House in London to attend the Endeavour Fund Awards.


The Recent Revelations Revealed By Meghan & Harry

New official documents have now shed some insight into how Meghan Markle has been feeling and why she could probably care less about bells and more about her privacy. She has explained that she felt "unprotected" by the royal family during her pregnancy.

Image Credit: Getty Images / The Duke and Duchess of Sussex leaving after their visit to Canada House, central London, to meet with Canada's High Commissioner to the UK, Janice Charette.

Image Credit: Getty Images / The Duke and Duchess of Sussex leaving after their visit to Canada House, central London, to meet with Canada's High Commissioner to the UK, Janice Charette.

Whether or not she is concerned about her birthday, which will not be celebrated by bells, is unknown. Yet, it seems this former royal has had bigger things to worry about. For now, her focus is on family and building a life that she feels safe and comfortable with. No one can fault her for this! 

Image Credit: Getty Images / The Duke and Duchess of Sussex leaving after their visit to Canada House, central London, to meet with Canada's High Commissioner to the UK, Janice Charette.

Image Credit: Getty Images / The Duke and Duchess of Sussex leaving after their visit to Canada House, central London, to meet with Canada's High Commissioner to the UK, Janice Charette.


Prince Harry & Meghan Are Living In America 

If you have been wondering what Meghan and Prince Harry have been doing since they stepped down from the Royal Duties, we've got you covered. The duo currently resides in a lavish Beverly Hills hideout owned by Hollywood star actor and producer, Tyler Perry.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Harry and actress Meghan Markle, visit the Nottingham Academy as part of their first official public engagements togetheron December 1, 2017 in Nottingham, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Harry and actress Meghan Markle, visit the Nottingham Academy as part of their first official public engagements togetheron December 1, 2017 in Nottingham, England.

Tom Quinn, a royal writer, spoke with the Daily Star to reveal that Prince Harry has been finding it tough to adjust to L.A.'s lifestyle. Meghan's positive energy has been a driving force in his life, but that does not mean he feels the same way. Tom expressed that Harry is 'really struggling.' He continued:

"Harry does feel slightly lost because he is now experiencing in America what Meghan was experiencing here. It's always been a problem, early on in the relationship, Meghan is a dynamo, she's full of positive energy that would sweep Harry along but once the honeymoon is over, you still have to fill the days." 

Image Credit: Getty Images /  Meghan Markle attends an Anzac Day dawn service at Hyde Park Corner on April 25, 2018 in London, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Meghan Markle attends an Anzac Day dawn service at Hyde Park Corner on April 25, 2018 in London, England.


The Future Of The Sussexes

The Duke and Duchess, or now simply, Megan and Harry, have kept busy since their move to America and are now using their popularity to build a charitable organization which they called Archewell. A source explained that the pair are focused on this new project. They shared

“They are hands on, working nonstop on the development of Archewell and it’s giving them a lot of energy. They want to see positive and substantive change happen in this world."

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex participate in the medal ceremony following the gold medal match of the Wheelchair Basketball between the Netherlands and the United States.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex participate in the medal ceremony following the gold medal match of the Wheelchair Basketball between the Netherlands and the United States.

The source continued:

"They want to lift up the voices and platforms of dynamic and diverse leaders of all kinds who are already making that change a reality. They want to focus on supporting and strengthening community." 

Image Credit: Getty Images / US actress Meghan Markle visits Nottingham for her first official public engagement with Prince Harry on December 1, 2017 in Nottingham, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / US actress Meghan Markle visits Nottingham for her first official public engagement with Prince Harry on December 1, 2017 in Nottingham, England.

Meghan Markle simply cannot shake her ties to the royal family. Whether its the drama of the Westminster Abbey bells or her move to America, she remains in the news! What do you think about the bell calendar neglecting her? Leave us a comment, and be sure to click the share button! 

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