FOREIGN Minister Marise Payne says Australia will respect Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepping back as senior members of the royal family.
“I’ve seen those reports this morning and I regard that as a matter for them,” Senator Payne told ABC radio on Thursday.
“If that is something they wish to pursue and they think that they can be productive, effective, do what they want to do in their own lives in that way, then of course that’s a decision I would respect and we would respect.”
The Australian Monarchist League says the announcement comes as no surprise.
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“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.” – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA
“The intense media intrusion into the duchess’s family and unexpected criticism of the duke over jet travel whilst promoting environmental policies would have undoubtedly have firmed their decision,” chairman Philip Benwell said.
“Prince Harry has enjoyed immense popularity in Australia and many people will be sorry to see him take a step backwards.
“However, being sixth in succession to the throne, his proposed semi-retirement will have no constitutional consequences for Australia.”
The couple say they want to spend time in both the UK and North America while working to become financially independent.
Buckingham Palace has issued a short statement saying they understand the different approach the couple want to take but complicated issues will take time to work through.