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Palace responds to ‘complicated issue’ of Harry and Meghan stepping back from royal duties

Palace responds to ‘complicated issue’ of Harry and Meghan stepping back from royal duties

The Queen and others in the Royal Family were reportedly not consulted before the Duke and Duchess of Sussex publicly announced they would be stepping back from royal duties.

Palace responds to ‘complicated issue’ of Harry and Meghan stepping back from royal duties

According to the BBC’s royal correspondent Jonny Dymond, a palace spokesperson said the Royal Family was “disappointed” after Harry and Meghan released their personal statement.

Buckingham Palace released a brief statement following the Sussexes’ social media post announcing they will no longer work as “senior” members of the Royal Family.

It read: “Discussions with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage. We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through.”

Harry and Meghan announced their move with a statement via Instagram, saying they will “make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role” within the Royal Family.

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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

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“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,” they said.

The pair also revealed they will be sharing their time between the United Kingdom and North America.

“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,” they said.

The move comes after the couple spent Christmas away from the Royal Family in North America, spending time with Meghan’s mother and holidaying in Canada.

In an ITV documentary filmed during a tour of Africa, the Duchess of Sussex confessed she has found adjusting to the media scrutiny of royal life “hard”.

“I never thought that this would be easy, but I thought it would be fair. And that’s the part that’s really hard to reconcile,” she said.

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