Meghan Markle seen without her wedding ring hours before bombshell exit from Royal Family


MEGHAN Markle was snapped without her wedding ring on today – hours before she and Prince Harry announced they are stepping back from the Royal Family.

She visited The National’s Dorfman Theatre in London – where she is a patron – after returning to duties yesterday.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have announced they plan to live abroad

The Duchess was seen apparently without her wedding ring on as she visited the theatre today

The Duchess of Sussex and her husband, 34, took a six-week break at the end of last year.

And today revealed they will quit as senior royals and split their time between North America, where the holidayed, and the UK.

A pal told HOAR: “It is true that Harry and Meghan will spend a fair amount of time in Canada over the next couple of months and possibly going forward too.

Right now they are starting talks with their family about their plans for the future. Those conversations are at a very early stage.

There is a very careful and serious process to go through which they are going to respect.

But it is clear they are on a different and unique path, and they are very much thinking about what the future looks like for them.

Canada has replaced an African state as the number one option for the couple to make their semi-permanent base outside of the UK.

Buckingham Palace admitted discussions with the couple will be “complicated” as they “carve out” their new roles away from the Royal Family.

The pair posted on Instagram they plan to “step back” from royal duties and split their time between Britain and North America – with Canada expected to be their second home.

The couple say they will be“financially independent” in their new lives, but will still support the Queen.

Piers Morgan slammed the Sussexes’ announcement, tweeting: “Wow. What a disgraceful way to treat the Queen. Shame on Harry and Meghan.”

He added: “Buckingham Palace says ‘it’s complicated’. Translation: the Queen’s bloody furious.”

The Duke, 34, and Duchess, 38, said in their surprise statement this evening: 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.

Buckingham Palace said the discussions are at ‘an early stage’

The couple released a statement confirming they will no longer be in the UK full time

The Sussexes have just returned from Canada after a six-week holiday over Christmas and New Year which was deemed highly successful

However sources claim the couple are considering the move after feeling sidelined by the monarchy