We quit, say Duke and Duchess of Sussex
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have effectively resigned from the royal family.
In a statement they said that after months of “reflection and internal discussion” they were separating from the broader institution.
“We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the royal family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to support Her Majesty The Queen,” they said.
“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 in which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our charitable entity.”
The couple have been subjected to intense press scrutiny throughout their relationship and Prince Harry is suing two newspapers.
“I've seen what happens when someone I love is commoditised to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person,” he said at that time. “I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces.”
Prince Harry has also confirmed a rift with his brother William, saying the pair were on “different paths”.
Buckingham Palace responded to the couple’s announcement with a statement. “Discussions with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage. We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through.”