Yes, it’s true!

The Duke and Duchess have just announced that they will step back as “senior members” of Britain’s royal family. On the couple’s official Instagram page, the Sussexes announced that they are transitioning away from their roles as “senior” royals this year.

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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 (link in bio) Image © PA

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This announcement comes shortly after Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor were noticeably absent from the royal family’s Christmas celebration.

The family’s announcement promised they will share more details on this new venture in their life “in due course.”

If you’re like us, you’re probably wondering if this has ever been done before. The answer is no so we will certainly be on our toes awaiting more information on where The Duke and Duchess of Sussex in terms of their title and all it will entail.