Senior members of The Royal Family feel “hurt” this evening after the Duke & Duchess of Sussex announced they are to step back as working royals without consulting The Queen beforehand.
Neither The Queen or any other member of The Royal Family were consulted about Harry & Meghan’s statement before the couple released it via their Instagram account on Wednesday evening.
A palace source told the BBC that the royals feel “hurt” by Harry & Meghan’s actions.
The news of Harry & Meghan’s effective resignation from The Royal Family has taken Buckingham Palace by surprise.
The BBC reports that the palace are ‘disappointed’ with the way in which this had been handled.
It is understood that no members of The Royal Family were conducted ahead of the couple’s statement being released.
The BBC reports that Buckingham Palace are ‘disappointed’ with the way in which this had been handled.
Speaking shortly after the news, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said that the situation was complicated with discussions at an early stage.
The spokeswoman said: “Discussions with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage.
“We understand their desire to take a different approach, but there are complicated issues that will take time to work though.”
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.