Prince Harry & Meghan Markle announce they're stepping away from the Royal Family

royals 09/01/2020

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are stepping back as senior members of the royal family.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made the announcement via a "personal message" that was posted on the Sussex Royal Instagram. They say they will  "work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen".

ITV's royal editor Chris Ship says this is the equivalent of "resigning" from the family.

"It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment," the statement says.

"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."

The Prince and Duchess - who was born in the United States - said the decision came after "months of reflection and internal discussions".