Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex have announced they are 'stepping back' as senior members of the royal family.
In the announcement which was shared by Buckingham Palace, the royal couple confirm they will continue to have a relationship with Queen Elizabeth.
"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 statement began.
"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."
Harry and Meghan also revealed this new move would be an opportunity to focus on their immediate family, as the two raise 8-month-old son, Archie.
"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."
The statement also noted an amicable relationship will continue between the couple and their extended royal family, including Harry's brother, Prince William.
"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.”
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