This week Harry and Meghan advised the press that they intend to step back from public life and spend relocate to North America with the aim of spending time both in the UK and North America.
Their personal message below:
“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.”
Various feedback from the public shocked by this announcement:
- After spending £24.5 million on knocking three cottages together in the Windsor estate paid for by the public is this what they will sell to initiate independent financial living?
- If they pull back from Public Service, why should the public be burdened with any costs from the public purse?
- Will they retain royal protection provided and paid for by the public purse? I would have thought if a desire to be independent then any security protection would be paid by them independently.
- I understand Meghan is an actress so struggle to understand her issues with the media. Perhaps she is not as big as other Hollywood actors who have full media coverage across their activities.
Further comments welcome.