Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been wanting to leave the royal family as senior royals as soon as their son Archie Harrison was born.
According to a People source, Meghan and Harry’s decision is them “doing what’s right for their family.”
Their son was born last May and since then, they knew they wanted a more “normal life”. “They knew they were going to hit the nuclear button,” People’s source said.
On January 8th, the two released their announcement of their leaving on their website.
“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 following day, Markle booked a flight to Canada and took off. On the 14th, she made her first appearance to the public at Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre. Reports say she seems a lot happier with this new lifestyle.
Although they were immediately blasted by the press, support from family was evident.
“My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family,” the Queen said.