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Prince Harry and Meghan to 'Step Back' as Senior UK Royals

Royal Wedding: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Royal Wedding: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle |  Photo: ABC News, file

Created: January 08, 2020 04:40 PM

LONDON (AP) - In a stunning declaration, Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, said they are planning “to step back” as senior members of the royal family and “work to become financially independent.”

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A statement issued by the couple Wednesday evening also said they intend to “balance” their time between the U.K. and North America.

The royal couple says after months of reflection, they will "carve out a progressive new role within this institution."

Harry, 35, is a grandson of Queen Elizabeth II and is sixth in line to the British throne. Before marrying Harry last year, the Duchess of Sussex was an American actress known as Meghan Markle.

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