Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan's Sussex Royal website created by Toronto-based company

By Heather Cichowski

After Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan announced plans on Instagram on Jan. 8 to "step down" as senior members of the Royal Family, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex directed royal fans to the newly launched Sussex Royal website. It offered answers to many questions from royal watchers, but eagle-eyed people were quick to notice a connection between Sussex Royal and Meghan's old lifestyle blog, The Tig.

The Sussex Royal website was made by Article, a Toronto-based development and design company. It's the same firm Meghan used to create The Tig.

Meghan shuttered the Tig in November 2017, after she became engaged to Prince Harry and prepared for life as a member of the Royal Family.

The website, which is still currently live, features her sign-off message:

"After close to three beautiful years on this adventure with you, it's time to say goodbye to The Tig," she wrote then. "What began as a passion project (my little engine that could) evolved into an amazing community of inspiration, support, fun and frivolity. You've made my days brighter and filled this experience with so much joy. Keep finding those Tig moments of discovery, keep laughing and taking risks, and keep being 'the change you wish to see in the world.'

"Above all, don't ever forget your worth - as I've told you time and time again: you, my sweet friend, you are enough."

She signed it "Meghan Markle" in her perfect penmanship.

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It is thought the Sussexes worked on the website during their recent six-week break from official duties, where they reportedly spent time in British Columbia with their son Archie.

The Article website has listed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as clients along with Hypebeast, Joe Fresh and the Toronto Maple Leafs. The company proclaims it works "with brands we believe in."

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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 of Sussex announced they were "stepping down" as "senior members" of the Royal Family via the Sussex Royal Instagram on Jan. 8.

"It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment," they wrote.

"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."

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