Meghan and Harry’s case is vastly different than the 1936 abdication of King Edward VIII and the recent ousting of Prince Andrew, says Robert Lacey, historian and consultant to Netflix’s The Crown.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have announced their plans to “carve out a progressive new role” in the royal family — a move that’s “unprecedented.”
The couple revealed Wednesday that they “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.”
Robert Lacey, historian and consultant to Netflix’s The Crown, says that nothing like this has happened before.
“This is unprecedented in the modern royal family,” he tells PEOPLE. “It is difficult to think of anybody who took such a drastic step.”