Kate Middleton and Prince William break silence for the first time since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s shock announcement

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced some rather controversial news last night...
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  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have broken their social media silence for the first time since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they are to step back from the royal family.


    Last night, Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, confirmed in a shock Instagram post that they will cease to be senior members of the royal family and work towards being ‘financially independent’.

    The controversial announcement that left royal fans gob smacked read, ‘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.

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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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    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.’

    Now, Harry’s brother, Prince William and his wife, Duchess Catherine, have shared their first social media post since the incident, in honour of Catherine’s 38th birthday.

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    While avoiding all mention of Harry and Meghan’s departure from the family, Kate and William’s Kensington Royal account shared a sweet tribute to the Duchess on her special day.

    In a gorgeous portrait of the mum-of-three perched outside on a wooden fence, she can be seen dressed in a casual jeans, shirt and sweater combination, flashing a grin for the camera.

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    This evening, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the annual #WellChildAwards in London. WellChild aims to ensure every child and young person living with serious health needs has the best chance to thrive with the support and medical care needed in the comfort of their own home. The Duke of Sussex became Patron of WellChild in 2007, and last year both The Duke and Duchess attended the awards to honour the children and families that WellChild supports. The Duke, who first came to these awards over a decade ago, shared in his remarks tonight: “Last year when my wife and I attended we knew we were expecting our first child – no one else did at the time, but we did – and I remember squeezing Meghan’s hand so tightly during the awards, both of us thinking what it would be like to be parents one day, and more so, what it would be like to do everything we could to protect and help our child should they be born with immediate challenges or become unwell over time.  And now, as parents, being here and speaking to all of you pulls at my heart strings in a way I could have never understood until I had a child of my own.” • To find out more about tonight’s event and how you can support this very special organisation, please visit @WellChild Photos ©️ PA images

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    Thank you everyone for all your lovely messages on The Duchess of Cambridge’s birthday!’ a caption beside the photograph read.

    Harry and Meghan made sure to send Kate their birthday well wishes via a message in the comment section, with the Sussex Royal account posting, ‘Wishing a very happy birthday to The Duchess of Cambridge today! 🎂❤️.’