The real reason Prince Harry and Meghan Markle turned down Kensington Palace’s Apartment 1 has been revealed

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    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made headline news yesterday as they announced that they would be stepping back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family.

    ‘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,’ read their statement. ‘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.’

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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

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    This shock news has unsurprisingly thrown the Duke and Duchess of Sussex back into the spotlight after six weeks away, with fans now reevaluating a lot of the royal couple’s previous decisions.

    Some of the most news has surrounded their decision last year to controversially move to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, turning down the offer to move into Kensington Palace’s apartment 1.

    While the reasons at the time weren’t fully known, it has recently emerged that it was actually all down to privacy, with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex wanting a private space to raise their son, Archie. And while Kensington Palace’s apartment 1 was offered to the couple, it has been reported that it would have taken too long to renovate, meaning that the couple wouldn’t have had time to move in before the birth of their son.

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