Prince Harry, Meghan Markle make shocking announcement

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced they will tour southern Africa in the autumn.

Harry and Meghan announce their intention to step down as Senior members of the Royal Family[Photo: Getty images]

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have made a dramatic move as they announced their intention to “step back as senior members of the Royal Family.”

This was revealed in a statement shared on their verified Instagram page on Wednesday night.

The royal couple also announced they are making plans to split their time between the U.K. and North America.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex wrote: “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.”