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Prince Harry and Megan Markle have announced that they will step down as “senior” royal kings and will work to become financially independent.
In a statement, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex also said they plan to divide their time between Britain and North America.
According to British media reports, the statement was not addressed to other royalty, including Queen Elizabeth II or Prince William, and Buckingham Palace was “disappointed”.
Senior royal kings are reportedly “affected” by the announcement.
In October 2019, Prince Harry and his wife publicly revealed their struggle to the media spotlight.
In their unexpected statement on January 8, also posted on their Instagram page, Prince Harry and Megan said they made the decision “after months of deliberation and internal debate”.
“We intend to step down as ‘senior’ members of the royal family and work to become financially independent while continuing to fully support Her Majesty the Queen.”
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have said they plan to balance their time between Britain and North America, “continuing to fulfill our duty to the Queen, the Commonwealth and Patronage.”
“This geographical balance will allow us to raise our son with gratitude for the royal traditions in which he was born, and provide our family with space to focus on the next section, including the launch of our new charity.”
A spokeswoman for Buckingham Palace said discussions with the royal couple about their decision to step down were “at an early stage”, adding: “We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complex issues that will take time.”
At Christmas Prince Harry and Megan took a six-week break in royal duties to spend some time in Canada with their son Archie, who was born in May.
After returning to the UK on January 7, Prince Harry (35) and Megan (38) visited the High Commission of Canada in London to thank the country for accepting them and said the warmth and hospitality they received was “incredible”.
During the visit, Megan said it was an “incredible time” to enjoy the “beauty of Canada”.
She said: “Seeing Archie go ‘ah’ when you pass by, and just see how amazing it is – so it meant a lot to us.”
Former actress Megan Markel once lived and worked in Toronto, starring in a popular American drama Costumes, and she has several Canadian friends.
This move by Prince Harry was compared by experts to the abdication of Edward VIII in 1936 to marry the twice-divorced American Wallis Simpson.
The Duke of Sussex is sixth in line to the throne – behind Prince Charles, Prince William and his three children.
In an ITV documentary in 2019, Megan Markle admitted that motherhood was a “struggle” because of the interests of newspapers.
Prince Harry also responded to reports of discord between him and his brother William, Duke of Cambridge, saying they had gone “different ways”.
In October, Megan began lawsuits against Mail on Sunday on a statement of illegal publication of one of her private letters.
Prince Harry has also filed lawsuits against the owners The sun, non-existent World news, and Daily Mirror, regarding the alleged hacking of the phone.