"We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honor our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages," the post from the couple read.
When it was announced that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will step down from their roles as the senior members of the royal family, it was first met with shock, then delight, and ultimately boiled down a lot of blame all around the world. In fact, the news became so widely covered that 'Megxit' started trending. In a statement, Prince Harry and Meghan also mentioned that they will be splitting their time between the UK and North America.
It was reported by BBC that no other Royal, including the Queen or Prince William, was consulted before the statement was released and Buckingham Palace is understandably disappointed. Other senior royals are also hurt by the announcement by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. “There is a lot of hurt about this,” a royal source told PEOPLE. It was only last October, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle publicly stated their struggles to the media.
Apart from releasing a statement, the couple also posted on their Instagram account, saying that their decision was made after months of internal reflection and discussion. The post read, "After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year is 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 honor 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."
BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond said that the fact that the Palace officials are disappointed, it means that it is a pretty serious issue. He said, "I think it indicates a real strength of feeling in the palace tonight - maybe not so much about what has been done but about how it has been done - and the lack of consultation I think will sting. This is clearly a major rift between Harry and Meghan on one part and the rest of the Royal Family on the other."
Another spokesperson for Buckingham Palace said, "We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through." During Christmas, the couple took a six-week break from royal duties to spend some time in Canada with their son, Archie. After returning, Harry and Meghan visited Canada's High Commission in London to thank the country for hosting them. During their visit, Meghan said, "To see Archie go 'ah' when you walk by, and just see how stunning it is - so it meant a lot to us."