'It's complicated' - Buckingham Palace on Harry and Meghan's bombshell that they're quitting royal duties

A statement has been released on behalf of the Queen, after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle today announced they planned on stepping down as 'senior' members of the royal family.

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The Brits are just now waking up to the second day of royal engagement mania.

"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," the pair said in a statement.

They would divide their time between the UK and North America.

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Prince Harry and Meghan to step back as 'senior' members of the royal family, split time between UK and North America

In response, a brief statement was released by Buckingham Palace.

"Discussions with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage," it said.

"We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through."

The BBC is reporting that the pair did not consult other royal family members before announcing the decision, and that the palace was "disappointed".