The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle have stepped back from their frontline roles as senior members of the British royal family. The royal couple plans to work towards their “financial independence.”
The royal couple did not consult any other members of the royal family about their decision and this has caused pain among the members of the household.
In an Instagram post, they wrote that after many months of reflection and internal discussions they have made a transition this year and they hope to carve out a progressive new role within this institution.
The couple wrote about their intention to step back as senior members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent while continuing to give full support to Her Majesty The Queen.
Following the announcement, senior members of the family say the announcement has hurt them. For the public in general, this is shocking news.
There are reports of a mood of deep disappointment in the palace.
Hours after the couple’s Instagram post, Buckingham Palace issued a statement saying it is a complicated situation. The unsigned Royal Communications statement says the discussions with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage.
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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
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