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In January 2020 Prince Harry shocked the world when he announced that he and his wife, Meghan Markle, intended to step down as senior royals. And once the bombshell had hit, royal fans and media outlets alike speculated furiously about what this would all mean for the British royal family. As rumors ran rampant, however, one person at the center of the furor was curiously silent. Yes, Harry kept schtum as the world digested his and Meghan’s news, only finally explaining his reasoning for the decision after weeks of silence. So, what had really been going on behind the scenes for the duke and duchess?

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Harry and Meghan announced their momentous decision on January 8, 2020. Using their official Instagram account, they released a statement that began, “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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