The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan announced on Wednesday that they would “step back as ‘senior’ members of the royal family” and split their time between Britain and North America.
The decision was announced on the couple’s Instagram account and was made
“after many months of reflection and internal discussions,”
The couple added that they intended “to carve out a progressive new role within this institution” and become financially independent.
Though the statement gave no indication of where the couple would spend time in North America, speculation quickly grew that they would go either to Canada, a commonwealth country that they recently visited, or Los Angeles, where Meghan is from.
“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,”
the statement said.
This announcement came after Prince Harry and Meghan returned from Canada where they spent their Christmas with Meghan’s mother.
Although the news might not have come as a surprise to many, the couple during their trip to Africa this summer, spoke in interviews for a documentary about the struggles of royal life and the negative coverage they had received since they were wedded. And in the fall, they filed a series of lawsuits against journalists’ invasive tactics
This announcement seems to have made Meghan Markle and Prince Harry fall out of Queen Elizabeth II’s good graces.
According to BBC News, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex never informed Buckingham Palace, Prince Charles or Prince Williams of their decision to step back from royal duties. Moreover, the British news outlet says a palace spokeswoman said their choice to move forward with their plans without consulting the Queen has the Royal Family feeling “disappointed.”
The BBC reveals Meghan and Harry broached the subject with the palace but they were at an “early stage” in their discussions.
The palace spokeswoman said in a formal statement that:
“We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through,”