Personally, I can’t say I’m surprised by this news.
The couple made the announcement earlier today via their shared Instagram account.
The pair posted the followed statement:
“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.”
This news comes after several months of speculation regarding the couple’s future with the Royal family. It has been long rumoured that the couple – along with their 8-month-old son, Archie and Meghan’s mum, Doria Ragland – were making arrangements to permanently move to Canada, having spent six weeks on Vancouver Island over the Christmas period.
Only time will tell with that one.
The young couple have publicly struggled with how the media has covered their relationship since its beginnings. In an interview with ITV in October 2019, Meghan commented that joining the Royal family has been a “struggle”.
“It’s not just enough to survive something, you’ve got to thrive. I really tried to adopt this British sensibility of a stiff upper lip, but I think that what that does internally is probably really damaging.
“The biggest thing that I know, I never thought this would be easy, but I thought it would be fair. And that’s the part that’s really hard to reconcile.”
In that same interview, Prince Harry said:
“I will always protect my family. And now I have a family to protect.”
Anyone else just want them to move to Canada and start a reality show? Imagine.
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