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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle


Meghan Markle & Prince Harry Stepping Back From ‘Senior’ Roles With Royal Family

The couple will split time between the UK and North America.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry made a major announcement on Wednesday, January 7. The couple shared that they’ll be giving up their roles as “senior” members of the Royal Family and will work to become financially independent. The Palace responded with their own statement that seemed to criticize the couple’s plans.

Meghan, 38, and Harry, 35, wrote in a joint 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.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex continued, “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.”

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