Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Drop Bombshell as They Announce Move to Step Back from Their Royal Family Roles
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stun their followers as they announced their move to step back from being senior members of the Royal Family to start their own charitable institution.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced through their official Instagram account that they've decided to step back from their Royal duties to focus on launching a new charitable entity and raise their son in a balanced environment.
After their lengthy statement, Queen Elizabeth II and the Buckingham palace made a separate statement, calling the entire ordeal "complicated."
A BRITISH-AMERICAN LIFESTYLE
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have distanced themselves from the Royal Family in the past months, celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas in North America with the Duchess' mother.
Prince Harry and Meghan announced that they will be living both in North America and in Britain, as they hope to be financially independent especially in raising their 8-month-old son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
STEPPING BACK FROM THE ROYAL FAMILY
Their move is unprecedented in modern royal history and was a long-time-coming after spending months on hiatus from their royal duties. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have distanced themselves from the Royal Family in the past months, celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas in North America with the Duchess' mother.
"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."
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“Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and thanking you for your continued support! We’ve loved meeting so many of you from around the world and can’t wait to meet many more of you next year. We hope 2020 brings each of you health and continued happiness.” - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Special thanks to Chris Martin and @Coldplay for allowing us to use one of their songs Photo and video © SussexRoyal Thanks to PA for additional images and footage
A CONFLICTING VIEW FROM THE BUCKINGHAM PALACE
While it seems the Sussex royals' statement had Buckingham Palace's full support, that wasn't exactly the case. Richard Palmer, Daily Mail's Royal Reporter, released a statement from the Queen's office, saying:
"Discussions with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage. We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through."
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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
With conflicting statements from the Queen and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, many await the truth as to how the royal separation will go about.