On January 8, 2020, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made the startling announcement that they will be stepping down from their roles as senior members of the British Royal family. Breaking protocol, the couple issued their statement in an Instagram post that garnered over 1.5 million likes within the first 24 hours and apparently completely blindsided the Queen, Prince Charles, and Prince William. While Harry and Meghan appear to be pushing forward on their decision, the palace insisted that the move won’t be so quick, stating there were “complicated issues” that need to be worked out before anything becomes official.
Keep reading to find out where the couple will live, how they’ll make their money, and how long they’ve been planning this move while keeping it a secret from the palace.
They Didn’t Consult The Palace Before Releasing Their Statement
Buckingham Palace sources told BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond that Prince Harry and Meghan did not consult the Royal family before making their decision and releasing their statement on January 8, 2020. The Queen and palace were said to be “blindsided” by the news, a reflection of the rift that’s been made between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the rest of the Royal family.
That may have been what Queen Elizabeth II was referencing in her 2019 Christmas card when she said it’s been a “bumpy” time for the Royal family.