Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle said in a surprise statement on January 8 that they intended to step back as senior members of Britain’s royal family. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced this on Instagram page.
“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,” the message says.
They also said that they plan to live in two houses - in Britain and the United States, continuing to support Queen Elizabeth.
“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 text says.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle did not give a reason for their decision. However, in September they talked about how difficult it is for them to be in the center of constant attention.
As it was reported earlier, Prince Harry filed a lawsuit against the owners of the tabloids Sun, Daily Mirror and News of the World now nonexistent over the alleged wiretapping.