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Duke And Duchess Of Sussex's Statement In Full

A message from Prince Harry and Meghan detailed how the couple will now divide their time between the UK and North America.

Prince Harry and Meghan surprise Army wives 061119 CREDIT BFBS

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are stepping back as senior members of the royal family.

The couple released a statement confirming they will spend their time in both the United Kingdom and North America, and also stated they will continue to support their patronages.

Prince Harry holds a number of military titles, and before the end of his ten-year Army career launched the Invictus Games for injured, sick and wounded Armed Forces personnel and veterans.

The Duke and Duchess' statement in full:

"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."

In response to the Duke and Duchess' announcement, Buckingham Palace said: "Discussions with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage.

"We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through."