The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are to step back as senior royals and become financially independent. The royals said in a statement this evening on their official Instagram ‘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 more 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 of 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 and Meghan have just spent a six week break over the festive period in Canada, where they spent their first christmas together as a family with their son Archie at a home on Vancouver Island. The statement comes after rumours have been sparked about them relocating across the Atlantic. Sources have said that they will start discussing their plans with senior royals in the coming days.