• Jessica Taylor Yates

Thank U, Next: Royals Who Left The Throne

It seems The Crown is not as glittering as we once thought.

That's a mic drop on serving, y'all. Source: GIPHY

Dazzling jewels, calling a palace home and a lifetime of comfortable wealth were not enough to keep the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in line for the throne. Instead, they decided to take a step down from being ‘Senior Members’ of the Royal Family, preferring a life away from guards with fancy furry hats and royal waves. It got us thinking of the other scandalous royals who pulled an Ariana Grande and said ‘Thank u, next...’ to the throne…

Prince Oscar, Duke of Gotland; left 1888

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The royals were fleeing from public life way before the paparazzi and their hounding even existed. The former Swedish Prince’s exit from the Royal House began when he became extremely devout and married Ebba Munck, the lady-in-waiting to the Swedish Crown Princess. Not approved by royals or parliament, the Prince was forced to renounce his title, choosing a life of religion and love instead. They both look super chuffed about it...

Prince Lennart, Duke of Småland of Sweden, later Lennart Bernadotte, Count of Wisborg; left 1932


The first Swede to ever abdicate, the former prince was subjected to harsh treatment from his family when he married commoner Karin Nissvandt in 1932. He chose love over the monarchy, and subsequently carved out a career as a respected landscaping expert, turning his island estate into a popular tourist destination, with stints in film and gardening. Nice work on the bouquet hun.

King Edward VIII later Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor of Great Britain; left 1936

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Viewers of The Crown would already be all over this one. The former King of the United Kingdom caused a ‘constitutional crisis’ in 1936 when he married Wallis Simpson, a two-time divorcee from the USA (The horror!) When choosing between his bride or remaining King and Head of the Church of England (who disapproved), he chose love, stating that “I have found it impossible to carry on the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge the duties of King, as I would wish to do, without the help and support of the woman I love”. He subsequently abdicated after less than a year on the throne, and the two stayed together until his death in 1972.