Prince Harry and Meghan to Step Back from Royal Family
Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced that they intend to ‘work to become financially independent’. As no other royal was consulted before the decision was announced on Wednesday evening, and Buckingham Palace was disappointed by the news.
In an extraordinary statement released on Wednesday night, the couple announced plans to “step back” from their current roles and split their time between the UK and North America.
“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year” they wrote on Instagram, explaining that they hope to “carve out a progressive new role within this institution.”
“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”, they said.
The announcement could indicate that the couple will now have the private life they’ve always argued for.
The Royal Family was said to be “hurt” and “deeply disappointed” on Wednesday night after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex “stepped back” as senior members without consulting the Queen, the Prince of Wales or the Duke of Cambridge.
In a statement released almost two hours later, Buckingham Palace said the couple’s “desire to take a different approach” created “complicated issues”. It had not been approved by the palace and would take time to resolve.
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