Buckingham Palace is said to be ‘disappointed’ with the way in which the Duke & Duchess of Sussex have handled their effective resignation as senior royals, with no other members of The Royal Family being consulted beforehand.
According to the BBC, no other royal, including The Queen, were made aware of Harry & Meghan’s plans to quit as senior royals prior to the announcement on Instagram on Wednesday.
The BBC reports that there is disappointment in the palace at how the situation has been handled.
BREAKING. BBC Understands that no other member of the Royal Family was consulted before Harry and Meghan issued their personal statement tonight, the Palace is understood to be ‘disappointed’.
— Jonny Dymond (@JonnyDymond) January 8, 2020
The only official word out of Buckingham Palace comes from a spokeswoman, who said discussions with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their decision to step back from the royal family were “at an early stage”, adding that there are complicated issued that need to be worked through.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced on Wednesday that they are stepping back from their roles as senior members of the Royal Family.
In a statement, the couple said they will be splitting their time between the UK and North America while ”continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen”.
The announcement has taken many by surprise and comes just a day after their carried out their first official engagement of the year with a visit to Canada House in London. However, they said in their statement that they wanted to ”carve out a progressive new role” within the Royal Family and ”work to become financially independent”.
The statement also said that dividing their time between the UK and America would allow them to ”raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born while also providing out family with the space to focus on our next chapter”.
They said they would continue ”to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth and our patronages” and they added they would be launching a new charitable entity.