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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Basically Just Quit the Royal Family

The couple also announced that they would split their time between the United Kingdom and North America.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced on Wednesday that they will “step back as ‘senior’ members of the royal family,” leaving behind their taxpayer-funded lives to find financial independence. 
 
The royal couple announced the news in an Instagram post, saying they want 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,” they continued, adding that they intend to split their time between the United Kingdom and North America.
 
According to the BBC, no other member of the Royal Family was consulted before the couple issued the statement and that many were “hurt” or “disappointed.” Buckingham Palace also released a statement saying that discussions about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s future were “at an early stage.”
 
“We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through,” the statement read.
 
Prince Harry is sixth in line for the British throne, behind his father Prince Charles, his older brother Prince William, and William’s three children, Prince George, Prince Louis, and Princess Charlotte. Speculation of Harry and Meghan’s role in the royal family grew after Queen Elizabeth II filmed her annual Christmas speech next to a table full of photos with the Royal Family, with photos of the couple and their son Archie noticeably absent.