Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are making some serious changes in 2020. The couple, and new parents to Archie, recently announced their decision to take a step back as senior members of the royal family—and here’s what that means.
In an Instagram post, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced, “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 royal couple went on to add, “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.”
So what will Markle and Prince Harry do now that they’re taking a step back? According to their IG post, “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.”
Along with the explanation, the couple also directed their fans and followers to their website, sussexroyal.com, for more information. Girls education, grassroots female empowerment, supporting mental wellness, combating the HIV crisis, protecting Africa’s ecosystem and regenerating the health of the planet are just a few of the many causes the couple plans to champion, according to their site.
Featured photo: Sussex Royal via Instagram