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Harry, Meghan take step back as members of British royal family

By Guillermo Ximenis / London/  Britain’s Duke and Duchess of Sussex, better known as Crown Prince Charles’ younger son Harry and his wife Meghan, have decided to “step back as ‘senior’ members of the royal family and work to become financially independent,” the royal couple said in a statement on Wednesday.

For the year-and-a-half since their wedding at Windsor Castle – which was a gigantic media event – the 35-year-old Harry and former US actress Meghan Markle, 38, have been embroiled in controversy regarding their relationship with the rest of the royal family and subjected to intense media pressure.

Now the parents of an eight-month-old boy, Archie, the couple announced Wednesday that they will continue to fulfill their royal obligations vis-a-vis Queen Elizabeth, Harry’s grandmother, the British Commonwealth and the foundations in which they are involved, but they will not be spending all their time in the British Isles.

“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,” the pair said in their joint communique.

They went on to say in their statement on their Instagram account, that they intend to “launch … our new charitable entity,” about which they will provide more details in the future.

“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution,” the royal pair said, referring to the monarchy.

Harry and Meghan communicated their plans shortly after returning from a lengthy trip to Canada, where Meghan lived for seven years while she was filming the TV series “Suits,” their stay there forcing them to distance themselves from their royal commitments for about two months.

A few weeks before Christmas, the couple’s problems dealing with the pressure of being in the bright media spotlight all the time were highlighted in a documentary aired on Britain’s ITV television channel.

In that documentary, Prince Harry said that he refused to be forced into playing the game that “killed my mother,” referring to Princess Diana, who died in August 1997 in Paris in an automobile accident as she was being pursued by paparazzi.

In that same documentary, Meghan was almost moved to tears while talking with the journalist interviewing her, leading the British press to compare that moment with Diana’s famous 1995 interview in which she spoke openly for the first time about her relationship with Crown Prince Charles.

Harry’s remarks in the documentary, however, reportedly made his older brother William “furious,” according to sources within Buckingham Palace, reviving speculation about friction between the brothers.

Prince Harry, however, took pains to try and publicly downplay any tension between them.

Last October, Meghan launched legal proceedings against the Mail on Sunday and its parent company for publishing a private letter and having undertaken an alleged campaign of “fake” news against her. (January 8,2020, EFE/Practica Español)

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Principalmente, el texto habla... (Mainly, the text talk about...)
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del hijo de los duques de Sussex.
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de la boda de los duques de Sussex.
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de una decisión que han tomado los duques de Sussex.
Question 2
En el texto se dice que los duques de Sussex... (It's said in the text that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex...)
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dejarán de colaborar con unas fundaciones con las que hasta ahora tenían obligaciones.
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a partir de ahora no irán mucho a Norteamérica.
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quieren alejarse del papel oficial que desempeñan en la familia británica.
Question 3
Según el texto... (According to the text...)
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no ha habido ninguna polémica entre los duques de Sussex y el resto de la familia real.
B
los duques de Sussex hicieron pública esa decisión antes de realizar un viaje a Canadá.
C
Enrique y Meghan desean trabajar para ser independientes desde un punto de vista económico.
Question 4
Sobre el príncipe Enrique se dice que... (About the prince Harry, it's said that...)
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fue el primer hijo que tuvo Carlos de Inglaterra.
B
es más joven que su esposa Meghan.
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será pronto padre.
Question 5
En el vídeo se dice que... (It's said in the video that...)
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seguirán siendo miembros 'senior' de la monarquía británica.
B
el comunicado se ha realizado en las redes sociales de los príncipes de Sussex.
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los duques de Sussex anunciaron que se mudarán pronto fuera del Reino Unido.
Question 6
En el vídeo se ve que Meghan va vestida... (It's watched in the video that Meghan is dressed...)
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solo con dos atuendos diferentes.
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con cuatro modelos de ropa diferentes.
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siempre con el mismo conjunto de ropa.
Question 7
En el vídeo se ve una fotografía de los duques de Sussex y... (In the video, it's watched a photograph of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and...)
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Meghan lleva el pelo suelto.
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Meghan tiene el pelo recogido.
C
Enrique y Meghan están saludando.
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Algo que es 'recurrente'... (Something that is 'recurrente'...)
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nunca ha sucedido.
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no ocurre con mucha frecuencia.
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sucede con frecuencia.
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La expresión 'a partir de ahora' significa... (The expression 'a partir de ahora' means...)
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'a partir de este momento'.
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'hasta hace poco tiempo'.
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'en otro momento'.
Question 3
Lo contrario de 'alejarse' es... (The opposite of 'alejarse' is...)
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'mantenerse'.
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'acercarse'.
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'distanciarse'.
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Si eres 'independiente'... (If you are 'independiente'...)
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no puedes mantenerte por ti mismo.
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no dependes de nadie.
C
dependes de alguien.
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El artículo determinado para 'obligación' es: (The definite article for 'obligación' is:)
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la
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el
C
lo
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