Meghan Markle & Prince Harry Resign as Senior of the Royal Family + Plans to Move to North America

Prince Harry and Mehan Markle have shocked the world with a major announcement. The pair revealed on Wednesday that they plan to “step back as senior members of the Royal Family,” and they are making plans to split their time between the U.K. and North America.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex wrote on Instagram:

“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year is 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 honor 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.”

After going public in 2017, the pair endured a lot of public scrutinies and racist attacks which led Prince Harry and Meghan to take legal actions against a few U.K. based tabloids.

The pair were also criticized for using a private jet to travel with their baby son, Archie.

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