'An absolute farce': Karl Stefanovic lays into Harry and Meghan after they quit royal life

Sarah Carty
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

Controversial Today show host Karl Stefanovic has called Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s decision to quit as senior royals ‘an absolute farce’.

The 45-year-old went on a rant about the royal couple during Thursday morning’s show, accusing Prince Harry of ‘spitting the dummy’ after being financially supported by the royal family since the day he was born. 

Karl Stefanovic has lashed out at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Photo: Getty Images

“This is modern media and a modern landscape,” Karl started. 

“Harry and Meghan are going to Canada and they won't have any cameras outside their place?” he questioned. 

“No one will take photos out there? There's not going to be link trucks? And there's not going to be satellite dishes? This is just an absolute farce.”

Later, as Karl and co-host Allison Langdon spoke with royal expert Camilla Tominey, Karl again slammed the Sussexes for allegedly not telling anyone, including the Queen, about their plans to break free from the royal institution. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shocked by taking to Instagram and announcing they were stepping down as senior royals. Photo: Getty Images

“This is two people who have been ably supported and particularly Harry, by the British people for so long and his life has been made. He has obviously been supported by them financially for a long, long time,” Karl said. 

“It is him spitting the dummy and going, righto, I am out of here. Does he think that the British people are going to like it?”

Harry and Meghan quit as senior royals

The couple's groundbreaking decision came in a statement on Wednesday, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said they will work to become financially independent, while continuing to "fully support" the Queen.

"After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution," the couple said in their statement.

"We intend to step back as 'senior' members of the royal family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty the Queen.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have spent the last six weeks on holiday in Canada. Her ethey are pictured on royal tour of South Africa. Photo: Getty Images

"It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment.

"We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to the Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages.

"This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity."

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