Only days after they returned from their six-week break during the festive period, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shocked the world with the decision to step back from official duties. Fans were taken aback by the whole thing, but some think that the couple has hinted about this before ever making it official decision.
The day right before the made the announcement, the couple shared a video on their Instagram profile, and in it, the couple are seen walking out of a door to Raphael Lake’s Follow Me. The interesting thing is that the song contains certain phrases, such as “there’s no distance in between, darling you and me” and “make this thing complete, we go drifting out to sea, making memories.” The chorus reads: “Follow me, won’t you follow me, follow me, see those shadows in your eyes, you could never hide.”
The announcement came on Wednesday evening, accompanied by a statement in which they said that they will be working on becoming financially independent while still continuing to “fully support” the Queen.
This decision comes after the Sussex took a six-week break from royal duties, opting to spend time as a family-of-three with their eight-month-old son Archie. There was some speculation on what they have planned for the future, and now we know for sure. Another thing that they emphasized is that they will try to split their time between the UK and North America.
Buckingham Palace is more reserved towards the whole thing, saying that their decision to “step back” from the royal family will be “complicated” and talks are still at an early stage. A palace spokeswoman said on Wednesday evening: “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.”
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Today, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited Canada House in London to thank the High Commissioner Janice Charette and staff for the warm hospitality during their recent stay in Canada. The Duke and Duchess have a strong connection to Canada. It’s a country The Duke of Sussex has visited many times over the years and it was also home to The Duchess for seven years before she became a member of The Royal Family. Thank you Canada ??! • Video © SussexRoyal Music © Raphael Lake
The Prince also made a personal statement on the matter, saying: “After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year is 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.”
They added: “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.”