January 9, 2020

The surprise announcement by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the duke and duchess of Sussex, that they are stepping down as "senior" members of Britain's royal family, will split their time between the U.K. and North America, and are going to get jobs was big news in the British press — and also, apparently, news to the queen, Harry's grandmother.

"Do you have any idea what that means?!" Stephen Colbert asked on The Late Show. "Because I have no idea what that means. There are 'senior' levels of royal?" What is clear is that "de-crowning themselves will bring some big life changes, because it will enable Harry and Meghan to work for money, something they currently can't do," he added. "This is great. She's an actress. This means Meghan Markle can go back to Suits — and Harry can sell them at Mens Wearhouse."

"Being a member of the royal family has always been one of the sweetest gigs you can have," but "Harry and Meghan are leaving the palace to become 'financially independent,'" Trevor Noah said at The Daily Show. "You see, this is what happens when you bring the first black woman into the royal family. Yeah, she looked at Harry and she was, like, 'N----r, you need to get a job. ... You can't still be living in your mama's house, Harry.'"

"Now the big question is, if Meghan and Harry come to America, where are they gonna live?" Noah said. "I think they'll move to L.A., because Meghan is an actor, and she's gonna want to work again. And then Harry can just join the cast of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills."

In real life, an unidentified aide told Britain's Daily Mail that Harry and Meghan have "no clue" how they will become "financially independent." But the couple will keep their Frogmore Cottage home and their police protection, the Mail huffs. Harry also gets millions from Prince Charles' estate every year and inherited millions from his late mother, Princess Diana, and great grandmother; Markle earned millions from her acting career; and the couple "may also be able to make money from merchandise. In the past few weeks, the couple have trademarked their Sussex royal brand on more than 100 items, from T-shirts, books, and magazines to teaching materials and emotional support groups." Peter Weber

2:30 p.m.

Mort Drucker, the beloved artist known for his work at MAD magazine, has died at 91.

Drucker died Wednesday at his home in New York, his friend John Reiner confirmed to The New York Times. Reiner told CNN's Jake Tapper his death was not thought to be related to COVID-19.

After joining MAD in 1956, Drucker's hilarious caricatures satirizing pop culture soon became iconic, and he illustrated more than half of the magazine's movie parodies from the 1960s through 2008, per the Times. In a 2000 interview with the Times, he noted, "I think I've drawn almost everyone in Hollywood."

Among Drucker's other notable work includes the poster for George Lucas' American Graffiti; according to The Hollywood Reporter, Lucas personally drove to Drucker's home on Long Island to convince him to draw it.

"The World has lost a not just an extraordinary talent but a shining example of kindness, humility and humor," the National Cartoonists Society said in a statement.

MAD fans on Thursday quickly began sharing their favorite cartoons from Drucker's legendary career, including his parodies of Jaws and Star Wars. "Many of his illustrations are as vivid in my mind as the movies and TV shows that inspired them," The New York Times' Dave Itzkoff wrote.

Reiner told CNN's Jake Tapper that Drucker's final words to him were, "I'm the luckiest man — I've had a wonderful life." Brendan Morrow

2:11 p.m.

First lady Melania Trump is officially donning a face mask during the COVID-19 pandemic, although the jury's still out on whether her husband will follow suit.

In a social media post Thursday, the first lady shared a photo of herself wearing what appears to be a surgical mask, touting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation "to wear cloth face coverings."

"Remember, this does NOT replace the importance of social distancing," she wrote. "It is recommended to keep us all safe."

Melania's masking comes one week after President Trump announced he would not be wearing a mask, despite the CDC-issued guidelines urging people to do so. At the time, Trump implied that it would be odd to be "sitting in the Oval Office, behind that beautiful Resolute Desk" while wearing a mask, so it's unclear how he's taking this news.

The photo of the first lady appears to show her wearing a surgical mask rather than the CDC-recommended "cloth face covering," the former of which is recommended only for use by health care professionals and medical first responders amid critical supply shortages.