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How the royal family will change now that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are quitting their roles as senior royals
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's decision to quit their roles as senior royals is going...The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's decision to quit their roles as senior royals is going to have a major impact on the royal family. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced their plans to take a step back from royal duties in an Instagram post on Wednesday, saying that they planned to "work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen." Although the couple said they plan to still honor the patronages they represent on behalf of the Queen, it's likely they won't be able to continue these duties in the same way as before. "If they were to withdraw from public life, then the organizations with which they are associated in various capacities would be reallocated to other members of the royal family," royal commentator Joe Little previously told Insider. This is especially true since they also aim to launch their own charitable foundation this year, and it is not known whether the organization will have the financial support of the monarch. The couple's decision will also impact Archie and any of their future children, who will not be raised using the Sovereign Grant. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are giving up their roles as senior royals, and their decision will change the dynamic of the royal family as we know it. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced the news on Wednesday, writing on Instagram that they "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." “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 Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA A post shared by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (@sussexroyal) on Jan 8, 2020 at 10:33am PST on Jan 8, 2020 at 10:33am PST Royal experts predicted this outcome months ago, after the couple spoke about their struggles with royal life in emotional interviews for their royal tour documentary. For the first time, Markle addressed how the media scrutiny had affected her mental health, saying that "not many people have asked if I'm OK." Meanwhile, Harry said he "will not be bullied into playing a game that killed my mum." "There's a couple here who are saying that the intense media scrutiny of their lives is making them question whether they want to continue to be royals, effectively," Camilla Tominey, a royal correspondent, said on the UK breakfast show "This Morning" when the documentary aired. Now that the couple are planning to give up their status as senior royals, it's worth looking at how this will change not only their lives, but the new dynamic of the royal family moving forward. Some of their royal duties could be passed on to other members of the family In their official statement, Harry and Markle said they plan "to honor our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages." However, considering the fact the couple plan to become financially independent while successfully launching their own charity, it's possible the couple won't perform their charitable endeavors on behalf of the Queen in the same way as before. The royal family carries out more than 2,000 official engagements throughout the UK and the world every year, according to its official website. As senior royals, Harry and Markle, along with Prince William and Kate Middleton, are responsible for many of these. In October last year, they carried out a 10-day tour of Africa on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II, and they are individually responsible for the events of many patronages and organizations. When it comes to the charities they support, each senior royal has a focus. Kate Middleton's is early childhood development, while Prince William's is mental health initiatives. For Harry it's environmental causes, and for Markle it's gender equality. The Duchess of Sussex will attend @OneYoungWorld opening ceremony this evening to continue her support for this amazing collective of global youth ambassadors. Her Royal Highness was a counsellor for OYW in Dublin in 2014 as well as in Ottawa in 2016. This evening she again joins world leaders and activists to celebrate the youth of today as they tackle some of the world’s greatest problems. She is proud to attend as Vice President of The Queens Commonwealth Trust and to continue her long-standing commitment to this very important summit. Later this week The Duchess will hold a round table discussion with several of the OYW young leaders to address the issue of gender equity worldwide, and how we can all play our part to reach equality for all. Ahead of the opening ceremony tonight, we take a look back at some photos and moments from HRH attending One Young World in the past. Stay tuned for highlights from tonight’s event! #OYW2019 Photo ©SussexRoyal Video: One Young World A post shared by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (@sussexroyal) on Oct 22, 2019 at 3:45am PDT on Oct 22, 2019 at 3:45am PDT According to Joe Little, a royal expert, the couple won't be able to carry out these roles in the same way as they used to. "This is uncharted territory, but if they were to withdraw from public life, then the organizations with which they are associated in various capacities would be reallocated to other members of the royal family," Little, the managing editor of Majesty magazine, previously told Insider before the news was announced. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex recently announced plans to start their own charity, Sussex Royal, after splitting from Middleton and William's Royal Foundation in 2019. The charity won't officially start operating until later this year. However, how it will operate — and whether it will receive any funding from the royal family — is yet to be seen. Richard Fitzwilliams, a royal commentator, recently told Insider that the couple were "both extremely unhappy in conventional royal roles." Harry has echoed that, saying in 2017 that no one in the royal family actually wanted to be king or queen. "We are involved in modernizing the British monarchy," he told Newsweek. "We are not doing this for ourselves but for the greater good of the people." He added: "Is there any one of the royal family who wants to be king or queen? I don't think so, but we will carry out our duties at the right time." Considering this is something the prince has been thinking about for a long time, perhaps he never truly intended to operate the charity on a royal basis. Unlike Archie, their next child will not be a royal baby Harry and Markle spent $3 million of taxpayers' money renovating their new home, Frogmore Cottage, just months before quitting their roles as senior royals. The couple will no longer receive funds like this from the Queen's Sovereign Grant, which goes toward supporting her and those who carry out royal duties on her behalf. However, they said they intend to reside in Frogmore Cottage while spending part of the time in North America. By the time the couple have another child, however, it's likely they may have achieved their goal of complete financial independence from the royal family. They have not gone into detail on how they will earn their money, however, they are far from the first royals to do so. For instance, the Queen's granddaughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, chose to pursue professional careers rather than work as full-time members of the royal family. Both princesses attend some royal events, including royal weddings, however, they do not carry out duties on behalf of the Queen. When Archie was born, Harry and Markle were incredibly secretive, avoiding the traditional post-birth photo call on the hospital steps and revealing the hospital their son was born in only when his birth certificate was released. Despite this — and the fact he wasn't given a title — Archie was estimated to have boosted the UK economy by £1.25 billion (about $1.6 billion). Now that the couple do not have this same sense of responsibility towards the British taxpayer, they could potentially refrain from disclosing details such as their next child's name to the public. It's difficult to imagine the impact a "non-royal baby" would have on the economy if the public never see a glimpse of him or her, and don't know anything about them. At 5 months old, Archie attended his first royal engagement during his parents' tour of Africa, where he was introduced to Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Archie's future brother or sister, on the other hand, would likely not attend important historical engagements, such as the Queen's birthday parade. Other royal children — Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis — have attended in recent years, and Harry and Markle attend every year. On the other hand, it's possible the child may be included in some royal traditions or events. The couple said in their statement that they wanted to raise Archie "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." What that next chapter entails is something we'll just have to wait and see. However, the way things unfold will likely have a major impact on the history books. 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