Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
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Meghan Markle has gone through intense public scrutiny after marrying into the royal family, and now she and Prince Harry have decided that they've had enough. 

While the reasons are still unknown, the two have announced that they will "step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family." The royal couple will try to become financially independent and balance their time between North America and the UK, while "continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen."

Now Harry, Meghan, and baby Archie will get to have some independence in a historic move that is shocking to everyone. Markle called Toronto, Canada, home, and the UK still has ties with the country, so it's possible that they will make their move there. 

A historic move is about to be made by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex — they're stepping away from the royal family. 

Markle and Prince Harry announced in a statement on their Instagram that they are stepping away from the royal family. 

"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."

It's possible they may spend part of their time in Canada, because that's where Markle is from. 

The royal family already has connections to Canada, so it's entirely possible that the two will balance their time between Canada and the UK. Not to mention, Markle lived in Toronto while filming Suits, so she is familiar with the area. The two want to raise their son away from the intense media scrutiny and will focus on their ventures and charitable organizations. 

2019 was a big year for the royal couple, but with it came stress. 

The royal couple had a baby in 2019, and Markle has been criticized by many UK media organizations. While they've been keeping busy and were a part of many important charity events and movements, overall, Markle has struggled. That could have played a part in their decision to "step back."

In 2019, Markle told ITV News that she's "not OK." 

ITV journalist Tom Bradby asked Markle how she was doing post-pregnancy, and the Duchess gave a candid response. "Any woman, especially when they’re pregnant, you’re really vulnerable, and so that was made really challenging ... And then when you have a newborn, you know. And especially as a woman, it’s a lot. So you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom or trying to be a newlywed  ... thank you for asking because not many people have asked if I’m OK."

Meghan Markle is keeping her independence. 

One person felt empowered by the Duke and Duchess's decision to separate from the royal family. There is clearly so much going on behind-the-scenes with the royals that it can be notoriously hard to marry into. Now Markle gets the best of both worlds. That person tweeted, "meghan markle said y'all don't own me."