Buckingham Palace has officially responded to the news that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are stepping back as senior members of the royal family.
The statement, released to select press, said that discussions are “at an early stage”, and referred to the issues as “complicated”.
According to the BBC, no other senior members of the royal family were consulted – including the Queen – before their announcement was released, and Buckingham Palace is “disappointed”. The report also claims that senior royals are understood to be “hurt” by the announcement.
“Discussions with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage,” the short statement read. “We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through.”
Meghan and Harry announced earlier this evening (8 January) that they planned to take a step back from royal duties and work towards becoming financially independent from the royal family. They plan to divide their time between the UK and North America – a move that was widely speculated about following the family’s extended Christmas break in Canada.
They explained that the geographical balance will enable them to raise their son, Archie, “with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born”, while also providing their family with “the space to focus on the next chapter”. This includes the launch of a 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,” they said, in an official statement that was also shared on the Sussex Royal Instagram account. “Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.”
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