However, despite the apparent hint from the Queen on Christmas Day, their dramatic decision is believed to have been taken without her knowledge, with Prince Charles and Prince William also not being informed.
The couple are believed to be expecting to keep their United Kingdom home, Frogmore Cottage, which recently underwent a multimillion dollar refurbishment at taxpayer expense.
As you probably know, Meghan has received a heap of disgusting and unwarranted abuse since entering the royal family.
Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex view an exhibition of artworks by Indigenous Canadian artist Skawennati, in the Canada Gallery during their visit to Canada House in London. The couple's first child, Archie, was born in May 2019.
The front page of tomorrow's New York Post.
The statement and launching of the website was apparently not cleared with senior royals or their advisers.
The website explains that it is part of the monarchy's duty to maintain historic royal palaces through public funds.
Buckingham Palace followed with a statement saying discussions about the duke and duchess' plans are "at an early stage" and "complicated".
The UK's prime media outlet's royal correspondent tweeted that the royal family was not told Harry and Markle were going to make this announcement today, adding that the couple tension with the family has built in recent months.
Asked by Bradby if she was "not really OK" and life had "really been a struggle" becoming a mother while living under intense media scrutiny, Meghan appeared emotional and replied simply: "Yes".
They skipped the royal family's traditional Christmas at Sandringham, the sovereign's private estate in eastern England, spending the festive season instead with Meghan's U.S. mother Doria Ragland. This suggests they plan to carve out new roles.
"Even their own staff cautioned against them making this public until they actually sat down and discussed it with the family properly".
The couple also announced a new media relations policy "to ensure diverse and open access to their work". "But worst of all I think she's been unbelievably abusive towards the Queen", Mr Bower said, "the Queen who is blameless and tried very hard to include her".
British newspapers were stung by the snub, reacting Thursday with articles, columns and editorials that ranged from disappointment to fury. The royal couple particularly took issue with their treatment at the hands of the British tabloids, whose aggressive coverage of all things royal is legendary.
Royal historian Kate Williams said it will be hard for Harry and Meghan to lead "normal" lives, as media interest in them will increase after their unprecedented move.
However, there will likely be more than enough on their plates to keep them occupied during this time of transition as they look for work.