WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- In a statement shared on Instagram on Wednesday, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced they will be transitioning away from their role as “senior” royals and will be balancing their time between the U.K. and North America.
- The announcement comes after the couple and their son, Archie, were absent from the royal family’s Christmas celebration while spending time with Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, in Canada over the past holiday season.
- Buckingham Palace also posted an announcement saying: “Discussions with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage.”
On Wednesday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced that they are stepping back from public life as “senior” members of the royal family.
“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,” the couple shared on their official Instagram page. “It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment.”
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle also wrote that they will be balancing their time between the United Kingdom and North America while raising their son, Archie.
“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 Sussexes continued.
“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 announcement comes after months of heightened media scrutiny on the family. After their high-profile ten-day tour of Africa, Harry and Meghan announced that they would embark on a six-week sabbatical with 7-month-old Archie — the bulk of which was spent in Canada.