Duchess Meghan Has Left For Canada And Prince Harry Will Follow Her "As Soon As Possible"
After Harry and Meghan dropped the shocking news on Wednesday evening, now the Duchess has returned to Canada and Harry is still in England tying up loose ends before joining her shortly.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a rather surprising announcement via Instagram that they will be "stepping back" from their senior royal roles to "carve out a progressive new role within this institution." The news was reportedly a surprise for the palace and the Queen as the Sussex' hadn't really communicated their plans with the Crown before the bombshell announcement.
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"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." - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA
Duchess Meghan has returned to Canada
Now, it seems that Duchess Meghan has already flown back to Canada where 8-month-old Archie was staying with her longtime friend, Canadian stylist, Jessica Mulroney. Harry remained in England to continue discussions with the palace about their big move. With the couple planning to split their time between the U.K and North America, many fans are shocked however, many believe that they are taking a progressive stand for what they truly want.
Buckingham Palace also responded to the news in a rather cryptic statement that led many to believe they were just as surprised as the public about the news. However, a report from the Evening Standard outlined that Harry had previously met with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles before the announcement and was advised to hold off... He decided to release the statement anyway.