In an incredibly harsh, two-line statement, released shortly after Meghan and Harry's bombshell announcement, the BBC learnt that neither the Queen nor Prince Charles were consulted before making the announcement that they were stepping away.
Naturally, their plans made tidal waves on social media, with both supporters and critics chiming in with their thoughts on the exit.
Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams shared with Express how the couple appeared to be "energized" after their much-needed break, sharing, "There seems no doubt that Harry and Meghan appreciated Canadian hospitality".
Ch-ch-check out some reactions - the amusing, the heartfelt, and the annoying af - (below)!
"After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year" they wrote, explaining that they hope to "carve out a progressive new role within this institution", they said.
The website declares: "Their Royal Highnesses feel this new approach will enable them to continue to carry out their duties for Her Majesty The Queen, while having the future financial autonomy to work externally".
The couple added: "It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment".
They will divide their time between the United Kingdom and North America.
Before signing off: "Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support".
From now on, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will invite "specialist media to specific events/engagements to give greater access to their cause-driven activities".
A friend revealed: "It is true that Harry and Meghan will spend a fair amount of time in Canada over the next couple of months and possibly going forward too".
However, not everyone is happy, with the news sparking a barrage of tweets from Piers Morgan, who has had a long-running feud with the Duchess of Sussex, claiming she ghosted him after hooking up with Prince Harry. But the USA television star said she "naively" dismissed the warnings, because as an American she didn't understand how the British press worked.
Reportedly, William and Kate are far more formal and want to stay within the rules and standards of the royal family, but Meghan and Harry don't.
The royal couple revealed their struggles with the media during an ITV documentary "Harry & Meghan: An African Journey", which followed them on a recent tour of Southern Africa.
"I think being part of this family, and this role, and this job, every single time I see a camera, every single time I hear a click, every single time I see a flash, it takes me straight back", he said.