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‘Modern’ Royals Prince Harry and Meghan plan to leave Royal Family


The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Prince Harry and his wife Meghan say they plan “to step back” and carve out a progressive new modern role as senior members of the Royal family. This announcement on Instagram Wednesday comes on the heels of a recent stay in Canada during the Holiday season.

They also say they intend to become financially independent, thanking the public for their support, and stressing the need to focus on their charity work.

The most compelling part of their declaration is the revelation that they now plan to balance “their time between the United Kingdom and North America” where the Duchess grew up. She also most recently spent seven years in Toronto filming “Suits” and making new friends. Although it wasn’t specific about where in North America they would go, their recent Holiday season visit to BC and perhaps elsewhere, their visit to Canada House in London on Wednesday, and the Duchess’ close ties to Toronto have Torontonians and Canadians thinking the Royal couple will opt for the Commonwealth country over Meghan’s homeland to raise their family.

Here is how the complete statement reads on the Duke and Duchess’ Instagram post:

“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 the 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

Also as mentioned, today The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited Canada House in London “to thank the High Commissioner Janice Charette and staff for the warm hospitality during their recent stay in Canada.”

The Duke and Duchess also said on Instagram, they “have a strong connection to Canada. It’s a country The Duke of Sussex has visited many times over the years and it was also home to The Duchess for seven years before she became a member of The Royal Family.

Thank you Canada

Here is a video link to that visit posted on their Instagram account

Harry, 35, is a grandson of Queen Elizabeth II and brother to Prince William. He is sixth in line to the British throne.

Meghan the Duchess of Sussex, worked as an actress before marrying Harry in 2018. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, living in Toronto for about seven years while shooting the dramatic TV series Suits. The royal couple has one son, Archie, who is eight months old.

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