Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are stepping back as “senior members” of the royal family. Following their six-week break in Canada over the holidays, the royal couple made the announcement on their Sussex Royal website and official Instagram account on Wednesday.
“It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment.”
“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We 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,” the statement read. “It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages.”
Meghan and Harry also added that the “geographic balance” between the UK and North America will enable them to raise their 8-month old son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor and provide their family “with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity.”
“We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge, and all relevant parties,” the statement continued. “Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.”
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