The crisis in the Persian Gulf has been well and truly knocked off the front pages by the crisis in the royal family, in the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's decision to step back from being senior royals.
The Queen and other members of the family were said to be left "hurt" by Harry and Meghan's decision to issue a personal statement, which outlined their future lives as financially independent royals who will divide their time between the United Kingdom and North America.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's exit from the royal family "will take time" due to "complicated issues".
In a lengthy Instagram post, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex revealed that they will continue to support Queen Elizabeth, but they will also work to become financially independent from the British clan.
In their statement, the duke and duchess said they will divide their time between Britain and North America but it's not yet known if that means the US or Canada.
A post on the Sussexes' new website says they intend to create "a charitable entity that will not only help complement these efforts, but also advance the solutions the world needs most".
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's intention to step back from royal life dominated newspaper headlines in Britain Thursday. The news shocked all royal fans and it seems like the royals were taken by surprise as well. "And then when you have a newborn, you know..."
It's unclear how Kate now feels about the situation with Meghan and Harry, but hopefully she can carve out some time to focus on her birthday amid all the drama. Meghan's roots, and her mother, are in the Los Angeles area but she worked as an actress on the TV program "Suits" in Canada for many years.
"We may see them at a couple of engagements just relating to the causes they already work with: the Commonwealth, the Invictus Games, which are planned for later this year".
Wallis is famously quoted as calling Edward a "goddamned fool" for abdicating and the couple spent most of their years living in exile in France, shunned by the English royal family. But this kind constant negative attention raises the question: "what have we got them for?"
But just because the couple wants to block the established press pool doesn't mean they will escape tabloid writeups.
Royal commentators drew parallels with the abdication of King Edward VIII, who gave up the throne in 1936 to marry Wallis Simpson - like Meghan, an American divorcee - and lived out his life in France.
"We don't see each other as much as we used to", he told ITV television's Tom Bradby, whom Harry and William have grown to trust with interviews over the years.
It features Harry and Meghan as "commoners" on a couch - he chugging a beer while wearing a soiled singlet and she smoking a cigarette with rollers in her hair.
Will Meghan return to her acting career?