According to an official announcement on Instagram earlier today, the couple revealed that they are stepping back from their roles as senior members of the British royal family and plan to work towards becoming “financially independent.”
The Duke, 34, and Duchess, 38, said in their surprise statement this evening:
“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.
No other members of the Royal Family were consulted before the shock statement was issued, the BBC reports.
In an incredibly harsh, two-line statement, released shortly after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s bombshell announcement, the BBC learnt that neither the Queen nor Prince Charles were consulted before making the announcement that they were stepping away as ‘senior members’ of the Royal Family.
“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.”