How Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan's decision will affect Archie

By Heather Cichowski with files from Danielle Stacey

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan's announcement about plans to "step down" as senior members of the Royal Family on Jan. 8 will have an impact on the entire monarchy and family. It will also affect the couple's son Archie, particularly given the Duke and Duchess of Sussex say they plan to divide their time "between the United Kingdom and North America."

According to the Sussex royal website, Harry and Meghan want to maintain Frogmore House as their official residence in the UK.

"Frogmore Cottage will continue to be the property of Her Majesty the Queen," states the site. "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will continue to use Frogmore Cottage – with the permission of Her Majesty The Queen – as their official residence as they continue to support the Monarchy, and so that their family will always have a place to call home in the United Kingdom."

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It is unclear where the Sussexes will base themselves in North America. Meghan was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and her mother Doria Ragland still resides there.

However, the couple are also quite taken with Canada. Meghan lived and worked in Toronto for years when she appeared on Suits and she has Canadian friends. It is also believed the Sussexes spent a lot of their six-week extended leave from royal duties in Canada. It is thought the couple stayed in a house in the North Saanich area of British Columbia. They were also spotted hiking at Horth Hill Regional Park.

The Sussexes – including son Archie – seemed to really enjoy the west coast. During a visit to Canada House, Meghan opened up about what a lovely time the family had.

Meghan and Prince Harry were all smiles at Canada House while discussing their time in Canada! Photo: © DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

"My goodness, it was just such an incredible time we were able to have there and with our son, too," she revealed. "And just to be able to take in the warmth that we experienced from the people also just walk around and just see the beauty of Canada.

"To see Archie go 'ahh' when you walk by and just see how stunning it is, so it meant a lot to us."

In Harry and Meghan's Instagram announcement, they explained their hopes about living in multiple places and touched on what it would mean for Archie.

"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," they stated.

Archie's education will also be another consideration. His first birthday isn't until May 6, so it will be a while before the little one attends school. But the Sussexes' decision to base themselves in two separate places has some wondering if Archie will be homeschooled.

Express reported the Sussexes have been considering sending Archie to an American school, according to royal author Katie Nicholl. Last February, The Sunday Times reported Harry and Meghan may send Archie to the American Community School, which is opposite Windsor Great Park in Surrey, and close to Frogmore Cottage.

Where Archie will live and go to school will likely be different from his cousins Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Duchess Kate and Prince William's two eldest children currently attend Thomas's Battersea School in London.

The Cambridges look excited for Charlotte's first day of school at Thomas's Battersea School in Sept. 2019! Photo: © WPA Pool/Getty Images

George began his formal education at Westacre Montessori School Nursery in Norfolk in 2016 before moving to Thomas's in 2017. Charlotte started out at Willcocks Nursery School in Kensington, London before joining her brother at Thomas's in September.

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