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.
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.”
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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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA
“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.