Prince Harry's Friend JJ Chalmers Said This Was Harry and Meghan Markle's Reason for Stepping Back

Prince Harry's close friend, JJ Chalmers told People that Harry and Meghan made this call for one very specific reason.

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This week, some of the biggest news to hit the world, beyond about a million other things going on (opens in new tab), was that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are stepping back  (opens in new tab)as "senior" members of the royal family and will be splitting their time (opens in new tab) between North America and England.

This is huge news for the royal family, especially because it appears that even Queen Elizabeth might have been slightly blindsided (opens in new tab) by it. Despite the fact that the new parents put out a statement explaining their decision, there have been a lot of questions (opens in new tab) and reactions  (opens in new tab)surrounding this unprecedented royal move (opens in new tab). Apparently, it has fallen on the couples' close friends to speak for them following this bombshell news.

Prince Harry's close friend, JJ Chalmers told People (opens in new tab) that Harry and Meghan made this call for one very specific reason.

"He's less the captain in the army I knew, and he’s more a father that’s the first thing I ask him about,” Chalmers said. "And I think the decision that he has made, at the forefront of that is to protect his family, because that’s the number one rule is to be a father and to be a husband."

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Prince Harry and JJ Chalmers in 2016.

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It does seem that Archie, Meghan and Harry's eight-month-old son, is the main reason why the couple are taking this huge step back from the usual life of royals. After a year of tabloids (opens in new tab) and scary moments, it's truly not a shock that Harry and Meghan might want to make a change of some kind. They made a point to mention their son in their Instagram statement on Wednesday.

"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 said.

There is plenty more to come here, especially because the couple has not yet announced  (opens in new tab)exactly where they will be living.

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Hilary Weaver is a freelance writer based in New York who writes about politics, queer issues, Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, and every woman the Queen has ever made a dame. I saw Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again three times in theaters, and that's pretty much all you need to know.