LONDON (AP) - In a stunning declaration, Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, said they are planning “to step back” as senior members of the royal family and “work to become financially independent.”
Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex smile during their visit to Canada House in thanks for the warm Canadian hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada, in London, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. (Daniel Leal-Olivas/Pool Photo via AP)
A statement issued by the couple Wednesday evening also said they intend to “balance” their time between the U.K. and North America.
Giving their 8-month-old son Archie Harrison an upbringing mixed with royal tradition and space away from the spotlight is also noted as a reason for the change, CNN reported.
The palace issued a second statement hours later acknowledging "their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through.''
Harry is a grandson of Queen Elizabeth II and sixth in line to the throne.
Before marrying Harry in 2018, the Duchess of Sussex was an American actress known as Meghan Markle.
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