– Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have shared an update about their decision to step down as senior royals.
In an emotional post, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have discussed their decision to step down as senior members of the British royal family.
As well as revealing that the “transition” will officially begin on March 31, 2020, Meghan and Harry went into detail about a number of changes that are set to take place over the next year.
Per their statement, the Sussexes explained, “Over the last month and a half, The Duke and Duchess have remained actively involved in this process, which has understandably been saddening for The Duke and Duchess and their loyal staff, given the closeness of Their Royal Highnesses and their dedicated team.”
Clearly, stepping down as senior members of the royal family has been far from simple, with Meghan and Harry calling the process “saddening.”
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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 sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA
The statement also revealed, “The Duke and Duchess shared this news with their team personally in January once they knew of the decision, and have worked closely with their staff to ensure a smooth transition for each of them.“
In the meantime, the Sussexes are due to return to the United Kingdom ahead of the Commonwealth Day service on March 9. Members of the royal family annually attend a service at Westminster Abbey to commemorate the occasion. But in just a few weeks, some big changes will be taking place for the Sussexes.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.