- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be stepping back as 'senior' members of the Royal Family
- The couple said they will now work to become financially independent
- According to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, they will spend their time between the United Kingdom and North America
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In a move that caught many people unawares, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have announced that they will step back as "senior" members of the Royal Family.
According to the couple, they will now work to become financially independent.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made this known in a statement on their official Instagram page.
"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," the statement read.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were considering relocating to Canada, according to a close confidant of the couple, Tom Bradby.
Bradby said he does not ask the couple what their plans are, adding that there are a million possibilities of the couple relocating to Canada.
"I don't ask what their plans are. They keep that pretty close to their chest and understandably so.
"I don't think it’s a done deal, that would be my impression. There is a lot of talking to be done. There are a million possibilities. They could go to Canada," he said.
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