Meghan and Harry Released Statement on Their Website to Step Back from Their Royal Duties

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex released a statement today, announcing that they will be stepping back from their royal roles and splitting their time between the United Kingdom and North America. They are looking forward to becoming financially independent from the monarchy, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen.

Prince Harry and Megan Markle shared the news on their website,

January, 2020

“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.”

Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

We wish the beloved and cherished couple all our best in this new chapter. We know they will continue to make an impactful mark in the lives of others.

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