Duke Harry and Duchess Meghan will step back from senior positions in Britain’s royal family and spend more time in North America; they announced Wednesday, a declaration that appears to have taken his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, by surprise.
After an unstable year, which saw a widening crack with the media and a falling-out with elder brother Prince William, Harry said the couple hoped to turn into financially independent and start a new charity while continuing some royal responsibilities.
The couple stated they might share full details of “this exciting next step” as soon as they had mentioned the plan with the queen, Harry’s father, Prince Charles, and William.
But the timing of the declaration appeared to have wrongfooted family members, including the queen, a senior royal source stated.
Harry and Meghan, a divorcee whose mother is African-American and white father, married in May 2018 in a ceremony in Windsor Castle, and at the time, it was declared as a sign of a more modern monarchy.
In 2019, Meghan gave birth to their first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
However, their relationship with the media turned bitter as they struggled to deal with the intense inspection it introduced.
There have been negative tales opposing their use of private jetliners while giving out pro-environment messages and the $3.08 million taxpayer-funded renovation of their new residence.
The couple started legal action in opposition to some tabloid newspapers in October over telephone-hacking and invasion of privateness.