MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry have announced that they plan to “step back” from the Royal Family and become financially independent.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex released a statement this evening that has sent shockwaves across the country.
“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,’ the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said in a statement published on their Instagram account.
The pair have also said that they will split their time between the UK and North America. The Duke and Duchess have recently returned from Canada where they spent Christmas with Meghan’s family.
“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.”
Responding to the Duke and Duchess’s announcement, a statement issued on behalf of the Royal Family said that discussions were “at an early stage”.
“Discussions with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage. We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through,” the statement reads.
Commentators have described both communications as extraordinary.
According to Jonny Dymond, BBC royal correspondent, no other member of the Royal Family was consulted before Prince Harry and Meghan issued their statement.
“The palace is understood to be ‘disappointed’,” Dymond tweeted.
In October 2019, it was revealed that Prince Harry and Meghan would take a six week break from their royal duties to spend time together as a family out of the limelight.
The news came following the airing of an ITV documentary that featured an emotional interview with Meghan speaking on the struggles of the spotlight and the launch of their legal action against the Mail on Sunday.
Supporters of Meghan and Harry have praised their plans and said they believed the racism the former actress faced in her new public role was a deciding factor behind the decision.
“I wonder what it was about the relentless racism, misogyny and media vultures that led Meghan Markle and her husband to literally resign from the royal family and politely tell everyone to f*** off,” screenwriter Amna Saleem tweeted.
“How will they justify their racism now that the sussex’s are renouncing the tax payer’s money?,” writer Danielle Dash said.
Writer Roxane Gay tweeted: “Good for Meghan and Harry opting out of the UK tabloids staggering racism and the lack of support from the royal family. They will be fine.”