The 2 Biggest Reasons We’re Not Surprised Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ‘Intend to Step Back as Senior Members of the Royal Family’

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have announced they plan on stepping down as senior members of the British royal family. However, we’re not completely shocked by the news. While there’s certainly a number of reasons they decided to resign, two, in particular, stood out to us. 

Their announcement

In an Instagram post on Jan. 8, 2020, one day after the couple made an appearance at London’s Canada House to thank the commonwealth nation for their hospitality during their six-week hiatus from royal life, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they plan on resigning as senior members of the royal family. Not only that but they plan on becoming “financially independent” and splitting “time between the United Kingdom and North America.” 

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, on Jan. 7, 2020, at Canada House
Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, on Jan. 7, 2020, at Canada House | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

They went on to say the “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.” 

1. Prince Harry and Markle will be away from British tabloids

It’s no secret Prince Harry and Markle have had a tumultuous relationship with the press, specifically the British tabloids. At the end of their royal tour of Africa in 2019, Prince Harry announced he’d taken legal action against a number of outlets for publishing private letters belonging to Markle as well as accessing her personal voicemails. 

The couple choosing to split their time between North America and the U.K. will allow them some breathing room from the ever-present British tabloids they encounter while living in England.

Plus, Prince Harry shared in the documentary Harry and Meghan: An African Journey, cameras and the media are “the worst reminder” of his late mother, Princess Diana.

“Every time I hear a click, every single time I see a flash, it takes me straight back,” he said. “In that respect, it’s the worst reminder of her life as opposed to the best.”

In the same documentary, Markle revealed she wasn’t OK after having dealt with harassment and harsh criticism.

The move and stepping down as senior royals will help Markle and Prince Harry achieve their goal of having some privacy and they can give their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, a more normal upbringing. 

2. They can focus on what matters to them

Prince Harry and Markle bonded during their first date over wanting to help others and make positive changes in the world. In fact, it’s what the Duchess of Sussex said made her want to go on a second date with the prince.

As senior members of the royal family, they’ve championed causes but once they step down, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will have more time to devote to additional charities and issues while still maintaining their current patronages. 

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, Meghan Markle, Prince Harry in South Africa on Sept. 25, 2019
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, Meghan Markle, Prince Harry in South Africa on Sept. 25, 2019 | Toby Melville – Pool/Getty Images

Aside from making the world a better place, Prince Harry and Markle have both made it clear a top priority for them is their family of three. When the couple isn’t raising money or awareness for a particular cause, they’ll likely be spending time with Archie whether that’s in Canada where Markle used to live or Los Angeles, Calif., her hometown.

2020 is off to a big start for the Sussexes with more details to come in the future about the future of their lives within the royal family.