Video: Great Britain: Monarchy – The Royal Family at Work – Part 1 of 5

Great Britain: Monarchy – The Royal Family at Work – Part 1 of 5

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    Couple intend to become financially independent

    Valentine Low | The Times UK

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced that they are stepping down as “senior members of the royal family” and will divide their time between Britain and North America.

    In a statement that follows months of anguish by the couple about their role within the institution, they said they were going to become financially independent and carve out “a progressive new role”.

    The announcement came after a day of speculation about the couple’s future, with a newspaper suggesting that they were planning to spend part of this year in Canada. It is the second blow to the royal family in as many months after the Duke of York stepped down from his public role.

    The statement, released by Buckingham Palace just after 6.30pm and described as a “personal message” from the couple, said:

    “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.

    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 decision to split their time between Britain and North America is an unprecedented move by members of the royal family who still aim to keep a role, albeit a “progressive new role”, within the institution.

    Their stated aspiration to become financially independent also raises questions about how they hope to create an income.

    While the duke has personal wealth left to him by his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, he is also supported by money he receives from his father, the Prince of Wales, and from the taxpayer.

    The statement was released just over 24 hours after the couple made their first public appearance together in seven weeks following a sabbatical spent on Canada’s Vancouver Island with their son, Archie, now eight months.

    The break, described by Buckingham Palace as “extended family time”, was the culmination of a year in which the couple’s relations with the media became increasingly fractious.

    During their autumn tour of South Africa the duke released a statement in which he launched an angry attack on the tabloid press, accusing them of dishonesty and intrusion.

    A television documentary about the tour included interviews with the couple in which they spoke about their difficulties fulfilling their royal roles. The duke also spoke for the first time about the rift with his brother William.

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