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Prince Harry, Duchess Meghan to 'step back' as senior UK royals

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020 file photo, Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex smile as they leave Canada House, in London. Prince Harry and his wife Meghan 'stepping back' as senior UK royals, will work to become financially independent, they announced Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. Photo: (Daniel Leal-Olivas/Pool Photo via AP, file)
FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020 file photo, Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex smile as they leave Canada House, in London. Prince Harry and his wife Meghan 'stepping back' as senior UK royals, will work to become financially independent, they announced Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020.

Updated: January 08, 2020 01:55 PM

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."

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

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The royal couple said 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 in 2018, the Duchess of Sussex was an American actress known as Meghan Markle.

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