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THE WORD | Everything we know about Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s historic royal announcement

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan of Sussex announced that they’ll  “step back” from their roles as senior members of the British royal family. They plan to split time between North America and the United Kingdom. they intend to “work to become financially independent while continuing to “fully support” his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. 

Why are they ‘stepping back’? 

The Royals haven’t released a statement officially but some may thing it’s because of the British media. Its known that the couple vocal frustration with British media coverage of their family, including lawsuits against three British tabloids for alleged mistreatment, including copyright infringement, invasion of privacy and phone hacking. 

What does ‘stepping back’ as a senior Royal MEAN? 

Harry and Meghan haven’t gotten into specifics on what their scaled-back roles will look like, though they still plan to focus on charity endeavors.

What does it mean to be “Financial Independent”?

The phrase “Financial Independent” usually means Independence from family money, but that is not what the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have in mind.

According to WBEZ 91.5Fm Chicago, they mean that they will no longer receive funding through the Sovereign Grant, which is the British public funding that supports the official duties of the queen and maintains the palaces occupied by members of the royal family. The two will now be able to work and earn income, which they are not permitted to do in their current roles.

How does the Queen feel about the news?

Queen Elizabeth II supports Harry and Meghan’s plan to step back as royals, check the statement below.

“My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family,” the 93-year-old monarch’s statement said, expressing her wish to resolve the matter “in the coming days.”

Who are some other Royals who have stepped back?

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