The Duke and Duchess of Sussex released a statement today that “after many months of reflection and internal discussion” they have decided to “carve out a progressive new role within this [royal] institution”, in an effort to become “financially independent” and balance time between the UK and North America. This follows months of difficulties for the royal couple. Since they married in May 2018, the two have struggled with the spotlight, particularly since the birth of their son, Archie, in May. In the ITV documentary, ‘Harry and Meghan: An African Journey’, released in October this year, Harry said: “Part of this job, part of any job, means putting on a brave face and turning a cheek to a lot of stuff. But for me and for my wife, there’s a lot of stuff that hurts.”
Yet, today’s announcement is not the first time Harry has released a statement about how he had taken a life-changing decision.
In 2015, he decided he would resign from the Army. He said: “After a decade of service moving on from the army has been a really tough decision.
“I consider myself incredibly lucky to have had the chance to do some very challenging jobs and have met many fantastic people in the process.
“Inevitably most good things come to an end and I am at a crossroads in my military career.
“I am considering the options for the future and I am really excited about the possibility. So while I am finishing one part of my life, I am getting straight into a new chapter. I am really looking forward to it.”
Prince Harry (Image: Getty)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they would be 'stepping back' as senior royals today (Image: Getty)
However, in her biography ‘Harry: Conversations with the Prince’, author Angela Levin revealed how a royal aide pointed out to that Harry “has yet to move far from those crossroads” in 2018.
After this 2015 statement, he was interviewed by Sky News, but appeared vague about his future as a royal.
Harry said: “There are a few things on the shortlist but I don’t want to speculate.
“But, as long as people back home know they can trust me in making the right decision and whatever it is hopefully it will be something that means I can still give something