In an unprecedented move, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared that they’ve decided to become financially independent and split their time between the UK and North America.
“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 statement read.
“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.
“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.”
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Since the news broke, the mood in Britain has been mixed, to say the least.
As the news sunk in, the Royal Family’s apparent fury at the news came to light, as did questions about the couple’s wealth and income. For others, there was also the realisation of a stark double standard – that there was far more outrage being directed at Meghan and Harry, compared to Prince Andrew, who has been accused of sex crimes.
On the other hand, many people argued that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are well in their right to exit the royal family.