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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Step Back
Jan 10, 2020 at 01:42 AM

The Quick Facts

  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, announced on Wednesday that they are stepping down as "senior" royals and working to become financially independent. They also stated that they would be "starting to carve out a progressive new role" within the monarchy while "continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen."
  • Specifically, the couple will forego funding from the Sovereign Grant, the annual funding mechanism of the monarchy.
  • The couple also launched a new website, sussexroyal.com, with sections explaining their positions on "supporting community," "serving the monarchy," "strengthening the Commonwealth," funding, and media.
  • The couple, who are 35 and 38 years old, had their first son in May 2019, named Archie. They recently returned from a six-week break from royal duties in Canada over the Christmas holiday.

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Was Harry and Meghan's decision a good one?

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The New York Times

Black Britons Know Why Meghan Markle Wants Out

Afua Hirsch
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The Guardian

The Guardian view on Harry and Meghan: good instinct and courageous action

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CNN

Harry and Meghan aren't actually quitting the family business

Kate Maltby
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Washington Examiner

Abdicate: Prince Harry and Meghan can't have their cake and eat it too

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