Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Just Made a Huge Announcement

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 08: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex ride by carriage down the Mall during Trooping The Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade, on June 08, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)

It’s their Declaration of Independence. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced Wednesday, January 8, that they will be transitioning their roles from senior members of the British Royal Family towards maintaining financial and geographical independence on their own accord.

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“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. 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.” – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit (link in bio) Image © PA

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The couple will be stepping down as senior members of the royal family to focus on their own foundation and work. This stunning announcement is also accompanied by the high profile pair’s decision to split their time between the United Kingdom and North America, where Markle was raised and worked up until she moved to Kensington Palace with Harry.

The pair married in May 2018 and welcomed their baby boy Archie a year later. “This geographical balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born,” they said in their official statement.

The news follows a covert trip to Canada over the holidays. It isn’t the first time the pair has broke with tradition, which has long been a focus of the Sussexes since they started dating.

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