January 8, 2020 / 7:15 PM / in a month

Statement from Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan

Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex react as they view a special exhibition of art by Indigenous Canadian artist Skawennati in the Canada Gallery during their visit to Canada House in London, Britain January 7, 2020. Daniel Leal-Olivas/Pool via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, announced on Wednesday that they intend to step back as senior members of the British royal family.

Following is their full statement:

"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 honor 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."

Reporting by Stephen Addison, editing by David Milliken

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