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Harry and Meghan Markle 'step back' as senior royals

January 8th, 2020 | Tags:
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, in London on June 8, 2019. Photo: CBC News

LONDON, UK — Prince Harry and Meghan Markle said Wednesday that they "intend to step back as 'senior' members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent."

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex said that “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," they said.

The couple also announced in the statement that they want to split their time between the United Kingdom 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,” the couple said.

They added in the statement that was also posted to their Instagram page, that they would continue to collaborate with Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Harry's grandmother, his father Prince Charles and brother Prince William.

Speculation about their future has been rife in Britain after the pair spent Christmas in Canada on an extended break from royal duties.

That followed an emotional appearance in a documentary by British broadcaster ITV, in which they spoke about the pressures they have been facing and family rifts.

3 Responses to “Harry and Meghan Markle 'step back' as senior royals ”

  • petey43 (09/01/2020, 12:51) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I wish The Duke and Duchess all the best. As a combat veteran he has my warmest regards. Warrior decorated pilot in the tradition of Lord Louis Mountbatten of China-Burma-India fame in the darkest days of World War II. I hope his plans include his friends here in the States. Meghan is such a cheery sort. May Yahweh's richest blessings be upon their new life and them.
  • Coquit0284 (11/01/2020, 21:17) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I'm almost quite certain that they are not the first royal couple that has made such a decision. Life choices and chronicles - at least they made a wholesome decision and they do appear sincere about it. They have my support - I wish them both well in their new endeavors with God's guidance and blessings.
  • Greg (14/01/2020, 00:21) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Who cares? Do you know them personally? Wanna Bees. Do they give a Rats Behind about or know you? Lawd Have Mercy.

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