Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry shocked royals fans earlier this week by announcing they would step away from their senior roles and "carve out a progressive" future for themselves while still supporting the Queen and Commonwealth. While the Royal Family is still figuring out how that will look, most HELLO! Canada readers said they were convinced the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would remain a big part of the family in our November reader survey.
One of our questions asked readers if they thought the couple would remain key players in royal life in the decades to come. About 50 per cent of you said yes, with around 21 per cent saying they strongly agreed this would be the case and nearly 29 per cent agreeing with this statement. Thirty-six per cent disagreed or strongly disagreed. About 14 per cent had no opinion.
Many of our readers also seemed to see changes coming for the Sussexes. Several said they thought the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would gradually move away from their royal roles.
"They seem to be struggling balancing their public and private lives, and I have the feeling of them pulling away in the future," a reader said.
"I believe they will probably decide to go their own way and not perform royal duties," another chimed in.
That all said, when asked if the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's work made you proud of the Royal Family, 61 per cent of you said yes. Many of you were also very complimentary about the causes Harry and Meghan have been supporting.
"Meghan has hit the ground running," one person wrote. "Her community cookbook in aid of the Grenfell Tower victims, her involvement in the charity to help disadvantaged women get into the work force, and her spontaneity and honesty when she meets with both hosts of a tour and the crowds that gather are all exemplary. Besides, as an American and a movie star, she really had no idea what she was getting into and I think she deserves all the support that can be mustered."
Harry received similar praise, especially for his work with the Invictus Games.
"Prince Harry was a veteran of the Afghanistan War. He is the first to truly empathize with the plight of war veterans," one person said.
Others praised the approach they've taken with their fans.
"They are very hands-on with people and go out of their way to make people feel included," another person wrote.
On Jan. 9, Meghan reportedly returned to Canada, where she and Harry had left Archie in the care of his nanny and Jessica Mulroney, one of her longtime friends. There are reports the Duke of Sussex will rejoin his family shortly.
To read more about our reader poll's findings, pick up the new issue of Hello! Canada magazine, available at newsstands across the country now and on tablet and iPhone!