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Prince Harry And Duchess Meghan Are Stepping Back As Senior Members Of The Royal Family

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan announcing their engagement in 2017.
January 9, 2020 - 08:40 / Clemens Fanger

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced on Wednesday evening that they have decided to step back as senior members of the royal family and intend to become financially independent. They will be focusing on other projects and split their time between the UK and the US.

The news came just one day after Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan made their first public appearance in 2020: The Duke and Duchess announced on Instagram that they have decided to take on different roles within the royal family, essentially stepping back as "senior" members of the institution. 

Their post reads as follows: "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."

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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

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Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan will live in the UK and the US

"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."

It is not known yet, what kind of cause their new charity project will focus on, but we will keep you updated as this story develops!