Prince Harry and Meghan Markle just announced a bold move to step back from their roles as senior members of the Royal Family.
In a post on their joint Instagram account, the royal couple explained that they spent many months settling on the difficult decision and fully intend to become financially independent. They plan to divide their time between both North America and the U.K. The Sussexes also revealed their goal to launch a charitable organization.
“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,” their Instagram post reads. “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.”
Considering this shocking announcement, it’s unclear of whether Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, and their son, Archie, will remain in Frogmore Cottage, which was gifted to them by the Queen. They moved into the Windsor property in early 2019 and on June 25, 2019, the Royal Household published an annual financial statement outlining that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry spent £2.4 million ($3.05 million) on renovations. The project was considered to be maintenance of the Royal Palaces, although many were quite critical of what the public funds actually covered.
And recently, many have speculated about whether Meghan Markle and Prince Harry might move to Canada. They put their royal work on hiatus to enjoy a two-month holiday vacation there with their son, Archie, so it would be no surprise if they decide to become Canadian residents in the future.
Monique Valeris is the senior home editor for Good Housekeeping, where she oversees the brand’s home decorating coverage across print and digital. Prior to joining GH in 2020, she was the digital editor at Elle Decor. In her current role, she explores everything from design trends and home tours to lifestyle product recommendations, including writing her monthly column, “What’s in My Cart.”