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Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Step Back from Being Senior Royals

World | Associated Press | January 9, 2020, 9:31 am
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 Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will step back as senior members of the royal family and spend more time in North America, the couple said in a historic statement on January 8, 2020. (Image: AP)
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Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will step back as senior members of the royal family and spend more time in North America, the couple said in a historic statement on January 8, 2020. (Image: AP)

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"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," they said in a statement released by Buckingham Palace. (Image: AP)

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"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," they added. (Image: Reuters)

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"We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America." The shock news follows a turbulent year for the royal family. (Image: AP)

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 The Duke and Duchess of Sussex spent Christmas in Canada after speaking of the pressure of being in the spotlight following their wedding and son Archie's birth in May. (Image: AP)
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex spent Christmas in Canada after speaking of the pressure of being in the spotlight following their wedding and son Archie's birth in May. (Image: AP)

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 They had previously announced they would miss Christmas with Queen Elizabeth and the rest of the royal family, choosing to spend it instead with the duchess' mother, Doria Ragland. (Image: AP)
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They had previously announced they would miss Christmas with Queen Elizabeth and the rest of the royal family, choosing to spend it instead with the duchess' mother, Doria Ragland. (Image: AP)

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 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. (Image: AP)
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. (Image: AP)

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 Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex pose for a photo with actors in costume during a visit to Courtenay Creative in Wellington, New Zealand. (Image: AP)
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Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex pose for a photo with actors in costume during a visit to Courtenay Creative in Wellington, New Zealand. (Image: AP)

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 Prince Harry and Meghan the Duchess of Sussex attend a ceremonial event before watching a flypast of Royal Air Force aircraft pass over Buckingham Palace in London. (Image: AP)
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Prince Harry and Meghan the Duchess of Sussex attend a ceremonial event before watching a flypast of Royal Air Force aircraft pass over Buckingham Palace in London. (Image: AP)

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 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. (Image: AP)
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. (Image: AP)

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 The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visit an exhibition of Tongan handicrafts, mats and tapa cloths at the Fa'onelua Convention Centre in Nuku'alofa, Tonga. (Image: AP)
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visit an exhibition of Tongan handicrafts, mats and tapa cloths at the Fa'onelua Convention Centre in Nuku'alofa, Tonga. (Image: AP)

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 Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex in attending a state dinner in Nuku'alofa, Tonga. (Image: AP)
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Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex in attending a state dinner in Nuku'alofa, Tonga. (Image: AP)

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 Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. (Reuters photo)
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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. (Reuters photo)

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 Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive in Nuku'alofa, Tonga. (Image: AP)
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Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive in Nuku'alofa, Tonga. (Image: AP)

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 Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at an official welcome ceremony in Nadi, Fiji. (Image: AP)
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Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at an official welcome ceremony in Nadi, Fiji. (Image: AP)

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 An official wedding photo of Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, on the East Terrace of Windsor Castle, Windsor, England. (Image: AP)
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An official wedding photo of Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, on the East Terrace of Windsor Castle, Windsor, England. (Image: AP)

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 Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Britain's Prince Harry kiss during the presentation ceremony for the Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo Cup in Windsor, England. (Image: AP)
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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Britain's Prince Harry kiss during the presentation ceremony for the Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo Cup in Windsor, England. (Image: AP)

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 Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji. (Image: AP)
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Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji. (Image: AP)

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 Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex walk along Kingfisher Bay Jetty during a visit to Fraser Island, Australia. (Image: AP)
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Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex walk along Kingfisher Bay Jetty during a visit to Fraser Island, Australia. (Image: AP)

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 Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex attend the opening of Anzac Memorial at Hyde Park in Sydney, Australia. (Image: AP)
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Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex attend the opening of Anzac Memorial at Hyde Park in Sydney, Australia. (Image: AP)

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