Prince Harry and Meghan Markle make shock announcement to “step back” from royal duties

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have made an announcement that’s set to shake the Royal Family to its core.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex released a joint statement on Wednesday (January 8) that revealed they are planning to step away from royal duties to live a more private life, based in both North America and the UK.

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Their statement read: “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.”

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The statement continued: “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 announcement is sure to fuel much speculation about personal relationships within the royal family — though fans of Netflix’s The Crown will be waiting quite a while to see it dramatised on screen.

Prince Harry and former Suits star Meghan tied the knot in front of over 600 guests at St George’s Chapel in May 2018, with the confirming they were expecting their first child just five months later.

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Buckingham Palace announced the arrival of their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, in May 2019.


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