The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced on Wednesday that “after many months of reflection and internal discussions,” they have decided to “step back” from the royal family and will be splitting their time between North America and England.
“We have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution,” a statement from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their joint Instagram page says.
“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.”
The announcement comes only a few months after the Duchess opened up about her struggle to adjust to the large of amount of transitions she’s encountered over the past year and a half.
“Any woman, especially when they’re pregnant, you’re really vulnerable, and so that was made really challenging,” Markle said during an interview for a documentary. “And then when you have a newborn, you know. And especially as a woman, it’s a lot.
“So you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom or trying to be a newlywed. It’s um … yeah.”
The journalist asked if she was OK, and her attempt to hold back tears was extremely telling.
“I guess, also thank you for asking because not many people have asked if I’m OK, but it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes,” she said.
The royal couple said on Wednesday that they plan to “balance their time” between North America and England while continuing to honor their duty to the Queen, the Commonwealth and their 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,” they