Meghan Markle, Prince Harry Step Down as Senior Royals in Stunning Announcement

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have officially announced that they are stepping back from their Royal duties. The couple will no longer be “senior” members of the Royal family. The stunning announcement came in a lengthy statement on Wednesday, January 8.

Meghan and Harry made the decision in order to find a balance that will allow them to raise their son with both a sense of normalcy and an appreciation for his royal bloodline.

In the announcement, the couple announced they plan to split their time between the United Kingdom and North America.

“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,” the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said in a statement. “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 honor 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.”

Harry is currently sixth in line to the throne, behind his father, Prince Charles, brother, Prince William, and William’s three children George, Charlotte and Louis.

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