The international media spotlight has been and continues to be on the decision by England’s Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, to relocate their family to Canada.

On Wednesday, a personal message issued by the couple indicated that they would be stepping back from being senior members of Britain’s Royal family, would work to become financially independent and would “balance” their time between the UK and North America.

The 35-year -old prince is sixth in line to the British throne, behind his father, older brother Prince William and his brother’s three children. The news is said to have hit the palace like a ton of bricks, since no pre-warning had been offered. Queen Elizabeth II is said to have moved swiftly to take control of the situation, ordering Royal courtiers to sort out a future role for the couple, within days.

The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle.

A friend of the couple, broadcaster Tom Bradby, said Prince Harry and Meghan were made aware while in Canada over the holidays that the monarchy’s future focus would be on those at the top of the line of succession.

When it comes to financial independence, the truth is, Prince Harry and Meghan have considerable assets of their own. The Prince inherited an estimated 7 million pounds ($13.2 million) from his late mother, Princess Diana, as well as money from his great-grandmother. Meghan herself, has money from a successful acting career.