The Real Reason Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Just Resigned as Senior Members of the Royal Family

Just one day after returning from their six-week hiatus, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry have made a surprising announcement. After months of speculation, the Sussexes have declared their resignation as senior members of the British royal family.

The Sussexes have talked openly about the toll that the constant scrutiny from the press and public has taken on their mental health. They’ve also expressed their desire to have more privacy, especially for the well-being of their son, Archie Harrison.

Still, many people are shocked that the pair have decided to step back from the royal family to become financially independent.

Meghan and Harry will take a major step back from the royal family

Although they aren’t totally abandoning their royal duties, Harry and Meghan have made the decision to resign as senior members of the royal family. They intend to split their time between the U.K. and North America. The duo announced their decision in an Instagram post saying,

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. 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. 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 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. 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.” – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

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Today is #earthday – an opportunity to learn about, celebrate and continue to safeguard our planet, our home. The above, Their Royal Highnesses in Rotorua, New Zealand. Of the 170 different species originally planted in the early 1900’s, only a handful of species, including these majestic Redwoods, remain today. Next, we invite you to scroll through a series of 8 photos taken by The Duke of Sussex©️DOS sharing his environmental POV including: Africa’s Unicorn, the rhino. These magnificent animals have survived ice ages and giant crocodiles, amongst other things! They have adapted to earth’s changing climate continually for over 30 million years. Yet here we are in 2019 where their biggest threat is us. A critical ecosystem, Botswana’s Okavango Delta sustains millions of people and an abundance of wildlife. Huge bush fires, predominantly started by humans, are altering the entire river system; the ash kills the fish as the flood comes in and the trees that don’t burn become next year’s kindling. Desert lions are critically endangered due partly to human wildlife conflict, habitat encroachment and climate change. 96% of mammals on our are either livestock or humans, meaning only 4% remaining are wild animals. Orca and Humpback whale populations are recovering in Norway thanks to the protection of their fisheries. Proof that fishing sustainably can benefit us all. Roughly 3/4 of Guyana is forested, its forests are highly diverse with 1,263 known species of wildlife and 6,409 species of plants. Many countries continue to try and deforest there for the global demand for timber. We all now know the damage plastics are causing to our oceans. Micro plastics are also ending up in our food source, creating not just environmental problems for our planet but medical problems for ourselves too. When a fenced area passes its carrying capacity for elephants, they start to encroach into farmland causing havoc for communities. Here @AfricanParksNetwork relocated 500 Elephants to another park within Malawi to reduce the pressure on human wildlife conflict and create more dispersed tourism. Every one of us can make a difference, not just today but every day. #earthday

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This is how Harry and Meghan’s lives will look moving forward

We expect to see much less of Harry and Meghan moving forward, especially because they will be splitting their time in multiple countries. However, when we do see them, they will probably be at major events for charity. We also expect to see them partner with big brands and organizations.

“It has already been suggested that they are going to have a US base for their foundation — that makes total sense because of their links with celebrities such as George Clooney and Serena Williams — who could provide huge benefits for charity,” royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams told Express

This is the real reason Meghan and Harry are no longer senior royals

Living life in the spotlight is challenging, but being a member of the British royal family is truly a fishbowl existence. Prince Harry knows firsthand what the public’s attention and obsession did to his late mother, Princess Diana, and he has taken steps to stop the scrutiny from affecting his wife and son.

Additionally, the monarchy is changing. As Prince Charles prepares to take the throne in the coming years, there have already been discussions of a pared down royal family. Perhaps Harry and Meghan’s “progressive new role” within the family is a sign that times are changing.