Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Step Down as Senior Royals and Moving to Canada; Queen Is Angry
Prince Harry and wife Meghan on Wednesday shared their intentions to "step back as 'senior' members of the royal family and work to become financially independent."
They explain in a statement that "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 plan to "balance" their time between the UK and North America. They write that the geographic arrangement "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 Royal Family is apparently “deeply disappointed” and are “shocked” and “downright furious.”
Well-placed sources made clear that the shock announcement was a personal statement and 'members of the family were not consulted on the contents'. One aide said: 'People had bent over backwards for them. They were given the wedding they wanted, the house they wanted, the office they wanted, the money they wanted, the staff they wanted, the tours they wanted and had the backing of their family. What more did they want?'