Right now, the biggest story surrounding the British Royal Family is the news Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be resigning from their roles as senior Royal Family members.
Announced in an Instagram post on their official royal joint account on Thursday, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared they’ll be stepping back and working to become financially independent while splitting their time raising son Archie between the UK and North America.
For some, the announcement came as a shock. Among those are the other royals themselves, who reportedly heard the news on social media along with the rest of the world. Others believe there were signs it’s been a long time coming.
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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
Having just skipped Christmas with the Queen in Sandringham for a six week holiday in Canada with Archie and Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, Markle’s former home of Toronto is widely tipped to be where the royal couple will set up their new digs.
Markle, who was born in California, called Toronto home for nine months every year, for seven years, while she was playing Rachel Zane on the US legal drama Suits. During that time, she lived a semi-normal life as a celebrity, rather than a royal and all the media scrutiny that comes with that role.
Before the couple officially move, here’s a look into what Meghan Markle’s life in Canada was like before she became The Duchess of Sussex.