Meghan Markle and Prince Harry continue to prove their marriage has been one of the most unique in the history of the Royal family. Not only is Markle American and the first Royal of color, but the couple has also officially announced that they will be denouncing their title to "senior royals" to split their time living in America and England. According to HollywoodLife, the couple claims that they made this decision to provide the best life for their 8-month-old son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
The couple officially made the announcement on Wednesday, January 8th, 2020.
“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,” the couple wrote in a statement shared by the official Sussex Royal Instagram account. “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,” the statement continued. “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 comes just after Prince Harry and Markle spent the holidays in North America. The couple visited Markle's family and spent Christmas day with her mother. They intend for Archie to grow up with both sides of his family.
“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,” the couple went on to explain. “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,” they concluded.
Despite this controversial notion, many fans are supportive that the couple is choosing to do what's best for their family.
"To a decade of happiness for you both and your sweet baby boy 💕🌟," one Instagram user wrote.
"Happy for you both, follow your hearts and do what’s best for you and your family," another supportive user added.
"A trailblazing example of self care. Kudos and best wishes!" a third chimed in.