Harry and Meghan announce they are stepping back as senior royals

Harry and Meghan announce they are stepping back as senior royals

The Duke, Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle have said they intend to step back as senior members of the Royal Family and become financ

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The Duke, Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle have said they intend to step back as senior members of the Royal Family and become financially independent.
“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year and hope 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 wrote on Instagram.

A source said that Harry and Meghan did not consult any other members of the royal family about their decision. The source, who asked not to be named, said there was a mood of “disappointment” in the palace as a result of the announcement. In a statement issued just hours after the couple’s Instagram post, Buckingham Palace said the situation was “complicated.”
“Discussions with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage,” the unsigned Royal Communications statement said. “We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through.”
With this announcement, the couple will now have the private life they’ve always wanted.
“They are opting out of the system but they’ll be able to opt in to the elements that they like: the family elements, the elements where they’re seen to be supporting the Queen, who they’re both very close to, they’ll still do that,” the source said.
In the social media post, the couple revealed they plan to split their time between the UK and North America.
“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,” they wrote.
The Duke and Duchess have long had a fraught relationship with sections of the British media. In October last year, the couple announced that Meghan was suing the Mail on Sunday newspaper, alleging it had illegally published a private letter to her father — a claim the newspaper denies. At the same time, Harry launched an emotional attack on the UK tabloid press for what he called a “ruthless campaign” against his wife. He likened their treatment of her to that faced by his mother. Princess Diana died in 1997 when her car crashed as it was being pursued by members of the paparazzi.
The Sussexes’ decision to step back from leading roles within the royal family means they will “no longer participate in the Royal Rota system,” which gives UK broadcasters and newspapers access to royal engagements.
35 year old Prince Harry, the younger son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, and 38 year old Meghan Markle, a former actor best known for her role in legal drama, Suits, met in 2016. They were married at a lavish ceremony at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor in May 2018. The couple welcomed their first child, son Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor, in May 2019.