RESIDENTS from Dumbarton have reacted to the shock news that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to leave their "senior" royal duties behind to start a new life in North America.

The Earl and Countess of Dumbarton want to step back from the media spotlight and become “financially independent” – eventually. And locals have reacted hilariously to the news.

The Reporter scanned Twitter to find the top 5 of the best gags from the West-Dunbartonshire area and beyond aimed at the royal couple.

Phil Dawson (@PhilDawson) said: “Is it true that Meghan & Harry were asked to visit Dumbarton in the near future as Earl & Countess of the Town & decided they’d rather step down as senior royals instead”


Craig Edward (@Craig_Edward89) added: “Prince Harry & Meghan Markle announce they will no longer be 'senior royals' and will become financially independent I hope they don't need to sign on...they left their job, and will need to wait 6 weeks for their first payment. Welcome to reality.”


Laura (@murrinholi) Tweeted: “I'm from Dumbarton (their other title) - 100% agree with you! That £2million spent on the 'cottage' could have been used for the NHS or climate change - so they're going to fly back and forth from Canada to the UK... Hmm cause that'll help the planet!”


Peter Walsh (PetesyWalsh) said: “They were given the option. Visit Dumbarton in an official royal capacity for a day or leave the royal family, give up your wealth and titles and be expelled to Canada.”


Sandra (@gallusgirl) added: “Harry and Meghan debacle amuses me and takes our eyes off Brexit. I doubt they will have any problems getting a green card.”