The British public - Bristol / Plymouth - give their opinion on news that Prince Harry and Meghan will step back as senior royals

Alison Trott, 52, a business owner from Plymouth, Devon, said: "Well, I'm not surprised by the decision. Whether it's right or wrong is difficult for someone like me to say really.

"It doesn't surprise me, let's put it that way. I think it's very much their decision. It's fair that they are able to decide whether they want to step down or not from their duties.

"I think they're young independent people and they're just showing their human rights."

Sheila Cassidy, 82, a retired doctor from Plymouth, Devon, said: "I think they're right to announce it.

"I think it's a very interesting stage in the history of the monarchy, as it were. I take my hat off to them."

Carol Pearce, 70, retired, from Plymouth, Devon, said: "They don't want to be in the lime light so there's no point in doing so is there? They should just live their lives the way they want to.

"I do think the Queen should have been told first. I can understand why they want their privacy but they can't have all the royal trimmings that go with it as well.

"I don't think they are wrong. I think that's the best thing they can do really."

Jules Berry, 60, a musician, from Plymouth, Devon, said: "It's up to them - it's whatever they want to do. It's their lives.

"I suppose they have certain protocols that they should go along the lines of.

"If you're part of a family, maybe that needs to be respected but at the same time it's up to them whatever they feel is right and wrong for them.

"I have sympathy for everybody. They're just a young couple trying to make their way in the world.

"They might be more privileged than most of us in some ways, but they're still just a young couple trying to get on with life aren't they."

Adele Booth, 48, self employed, from Plymouth, Devon, said: "I don't think there is a right and wrong. It's their lives and I feel they should be doing what's right for them.

"I think they probably should have gone to the Queen, but it's their lives and they know what's best for them. They are adults in this big bad world, so it's up to them.

"It's a tough world for anyone out there and when you're in the public eye you have so much pressure, as well as coming from the children of Diana. I'm sure that's just so very difficult for them.

"It's not for me to say. I don't know the ins and outs of the royal family in terms of the money side of things but they are funded obviously by the UK and that's not for me to say really.

"I'm sure that they will find ways to generate income for themselves, they are well qualified to do that."

Oliver Bower, 22, a barman, from Bristol, said: "It's acceptable. They shouldn't feel pressured even though they're born into that family.

"They shouldn't feel pressured into something they don't want to do, it's their lives at the end of the day. That's my personal view.

"It's a lot of pressure. I've heard they're not allowed on social media or anything. They're quite pressured to act perfect under the public eye all the time.

"You've got to experience stuff haven't you. I don't see why they should have to stay in the UK just because their British - it's their life.

"They have quite a lush lifestyle, but I feel like they have a lot of problems."

Thomas Paulatos, 21, a student, from Bristol, said: "I think that since we fund the royal family they have some obligations to give back.

"They were born into that and it wasn't their choice, but maybe they have to look after what they have to do. There might have been a more diplomatic way to do it."

Helen Gleed, 54, a carer, from Bristol, said: "He married into the firm as such, you don't give that up easily.

"It's one of those things that's a little bit of him trying to look after his wife and his family, but on the other hand you are told very much so what you are letting yourself in for when you marry into the royal family.

"I think every parent would want to know first before hearing through someone else.

"It's a difficult life, You have to perform all the time and you are the figurehead of a country.

"But it's something he was born into so knew no different, and she should have known what she was letting herself in for. I have a bit of sympathy for them.

"I think she wants to move nearer to her mother, which is understandable in a way. The fact that they haven't discussed it before going public is another issue, it's like going public to your friends and not you family.

"They say they are going to finance themselves, so it's not our business in that sense.

"When they talk about Prince Charles and his estate, every parent helps out their children so I have no problem with that.

"I believe that the refurbishment of the place they were staying in, alright they got quite a few million, but by all accounts that was due before they were a couple, so if that's true they are getting flak for something that they didn't really do.

"If they are financially secure there's no reason they can't pay for their security, surely she had security herself.

"I'm a bit dubious about using all these agencies that she wants to use in America because they are out to make their own money but we'll see, it might dilute it a bit.

"I don't know whether they should keep all their security if they are not going to continue working for the royals."

Helen Toogood, 71, retired, from Bristol, said: "I think they're right. It's their personal choice and I don't feel like they have a place in the royal family at the moment.

"The Queen is the monarch and he's the heir and the spare, but he's in line for the throne.

"I think he's seventh, so he should have let the Queen know as it's an institution and she's the head of the institution.

"If you've got a company and someone wants to resign from that company you don't tell everyone else before you tell your boss.

"I think they've played the game a little bit. He's not the same Harry he was before he met her, nothing against her.

"The security should be paid for by Trudeau if they are going to Canada, or by Charles himself."