In an unprecedented move, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have announced their plans to “step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family”.
In a statement released on Wednesday evening, London time, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared that they’ve decided to become financially independent and split their time between the UK and North America.
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“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,” the statement read.
“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.
“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.
“This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity.”
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Despite the lengthy statement, however, the BBC has reported that the royal family were unaware about Meghan and Harry’s decision.