Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle have both announced that they will be stepping aside as senior members of the British royal family.

The couple announced the shocking news via their official Instagram page on Wednesday, January 8, 2019. According to them, they would be stepping aside a d moving to North America.

"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," they wrote.

Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle have both announced that they will be stepping aside as senior members of the British royal family. [Instagram/SussexRoyal]
Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle have both announced that they will be stepping aside as senior members of the British royal family. [Instagram/SussexRoyal]

Finally, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex revealed that moving on, they will continue to work with the royal family.

"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.” - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex," they concluded.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married in 2018 at a star-studded wedding held in England. They welcomed their first child, Archie back in 2019. [Instagram/SussexRoyal]
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married in 2018 at a star-studded wedding held in England. They welcomed their first child, Archie back in 2019. [Instagram/SussexRoyal]

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married in 2018 at a star-studded wedding held in England. They welcomed their first child, Archie back in 2019.