‘Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are stepping back as senior members of the Royal Family.
The Duke and Duchess have tonight revealed the news in a statement on their Instagram page – saying they plan to become financially independent.
Their statement read: “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.”
The couple went on to discuss Archie and their plans to raise him with an “appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born”.
They said: “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.’