How Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan plan to still serve the monarchy

By Heather Cichowski

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan's shocking news about their plans to "step down" as senior members of the Royal Family has prompted royal fans to ask many additional questions, including how they will still serve the monarchy.

The statement the couple released on Jan. 8 via Instagram highlighted some of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's future plans. Their Sussex Royal website also goes into further detail about important subjects, including how they plan to serve the Queen.

"As members of the Royal Family, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex support Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by continuing her efforts to draw special attention to these groups as patrons of multiple organizations," the site explains before going into the lengthy history of the British Royal Family's patronages and the vast causes they highlight.

"While there is a distinction between patronages and the community work the Duke and Duchess champion individually, there is sometimes overlap based on their interests," it continues. "Today, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have chosen their patronages to support charitable organisations that represent causes important to them and that honour the legacy of Her Majesty The Queen."

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex talk with Milly Sutherland and her mother Angela at the annual WellChild Awards in London on Oct. 15, 2019. Photo: © TOBY MELVILLE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Harry's patronages include the Invictus Games Foundation, the London Marathon Charitable Trust, Royal Marines and WellChild. The National Theatre and Smart Works, an organization that provides job-seeking women with one-on-one training and full outfits to help them succeed in job interviews, are among Meghan's patronages.

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The Sussexes' "community work" is further detailed in a separate section of the website. They emphasize they will continue to support causes that promote "environmental and societal well-being" alongside their patronages.

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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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"The Duke and Duchess are actively working to create something different – a charitable entity that will not only help complement these efforts, but also advance the solutions the world needs most," the website teases. "They look forward to sharing more with you in due course."

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shocked royal fans with their Instagram statement revealing their plans, in which they said they "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."

The couple went on to say they plan to divide their time between the United Kingdom and North America, which they also said will help them raise Archie with knowledge of his royal background and continue on their new path.

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