The announcement came after senior members of the royal family met Monday at Sandringham House to discuss the couple's future, according to BBC News. The meeting, dubbed the Sandringham summit, included Prince Harry, Prince William, Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth, Reuters reported. Meghan, who returned to Canada last week to be with her and Harry's son, 8-month-old Archie, was expected to join the meeting by phone from Canada, according to Reuters.
Prince Harry and Meghan stunned the royal family last week when they announced their intent to step down as senior members of the royal family.
"We have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution," the couple said in a statement released on their Sussex Royal social media accounts. "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."
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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. 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 For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA
They said they planned to split their time between the United Kingdom and North America.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex recently returned to the U.K. after spending weeks celebrating the holidays in Victoria, British Columbia, according to CTV News.
"It was such an incredible time," Meghan told Janice Charette, Canada's high commissioner to the U.K., during a visit last week, CTV News reported.
Before meeting Prince Harry, from 2011 to 2018, Meghan lived in Toronto for nine months of each year to film "Suits," a legal drama in which she starred, BBC News reported. She began dating Prince Harry after they were introduced by a friend in July 2016, the couple told BBC News. They were engaged in November 2017 and wed May 19, 2018.