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09 January 2020 16:46

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The statement, posted on their SussexRoyal Instagram account and new website SussexRoyal.com, read: "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." On their plans to relocate the couple explained: "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." It was later revealed that the couple had not consulted the rest of the Royal Family on this decision before making the announcement. READ MORE: Kate Middleton snub: How Meghan Markle and Harry's news overshadowed Kate's special day

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