Why on earth they have put it out in the public domain is a decision only they can justify.
The Queen was left "deeply upset" by the unexpected announcement and William was "incandescent with rage". A source told The Sun: "This is a declaration of war on the 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 livesbut will still be guarded by taxpayer funded bodyguards. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.
Friends of the couple in Canada and the US are supportive of the move, which they say comes after the couple have been sidelined by the monarchy. Pals argued it has become clear to the couple that the monarchy is moving towards a future focused on Prince Charles and Prince William.
They have nothing to hide and have got so much good work to do.
During their time off, the couple missed the Queen's traditional pre-Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace and the gathering of royals at Sandringham on Christmas Day. Canada has always held a special place for the pair - it was where they secretly dated for five months before revealing their relationship.
And Harry held his Invictus Games for wounded soldiers in the Canadian city of Toronto meghan markle when did she start dating prince harrywhile the couple made their first public appearance watching a wheelchair tennis game.
The couple had intended to move to South Africa for up to six months a year.
But that plan was scuppered for logistical reasons.