The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with Prince Charles and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Sandringham on Christmas Day 2018.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are to “step back” as senior members of the royal family. 

In a statement released yesterday by Prince Harry and Meghan, the couple said they would work to become financially independent and will continue to support the Queen.

When the couple got married in May 2018, they chose King’s Lynn-based charity Scotty’s Little Soldiers as royal wedding beneficiaries.

Last year, they did not spend Christmas in Sandringham, instead, they spent the festive season in Canada.

They now plan to split their time between the UK and North America.


View this post on Instagram


“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 (link in bio) Image © PA

A post shared by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (@sussexroyal) on