Buckingham Palace Responds To Meghan And Harry's Decision To "Step Back" As Senior Royals

BY Kasia Truscott / Jan 9 2020 / 09:50 AM

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex publicly announced their decision via Instagram without prior consultation with the royal family

Buckingham Palace Responds To Meghan And Harry's Decision To "Step Back" As Senior Royals

Buckingham Palace have issued a statement in response to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's shock decision to step down as 'senior' members of the royal family. In a briefly concise message, the royal family wrote: "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."

Per reports by The Guardianit is understood that no other member of the royal family was informed of Meghan and Harry's decision prior to their public announcement on Instagram last night, and that Buckingham Palace were subsequently "disappointed" by the news. 

The Duke and Duchess explained that after "many months of reflection and internal discussions," they had ultimately decided 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."