More than a week ago Meghan Markle and Prince Harry released a statement detailing their wishes to step back as senior royals. Now after days of discussion between Royal Family members, it has been announced the couple will drop their HRH titles and are “required to step back from royal duties, including official military appointments.”
Meghan and Harry will also “no longer receive public funds for royal duties.”
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have shared their wish to repay Sovereign Grant expenditure for the refurbishment of Frogmore Cottage, which will remain their UK family home.
“Buckingham Palace does not comment on the details of security arrangements.
“There are well established independent processes to determine the need for publicly-funded security.
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“This new model will take effect in the spring of 2020.”
Discussions may have resulted in directions the couple did not at first wish to go in – but may have compromised in order to enjoy a “more peaceful life”.
In a speech at an event for his charity Sentebale on Sunday night, Prince Harry explained how he above all valued the safety of his family.
He said: “I hope that helps you understand what it had come to, that I would step my family back from all I have ever known, to take a step forward into what I hope can be a more peaceful life.”
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1. Meghan and Harry said on their website when changes were announced their move away from the Royal Family would “carve out a progressive new role” and “adjust their working model”.
However, instead of taking “progressive new roles” in The Firm, the couple will – as of spring 2020 – completely step back from royal duties.
Buckingham Palace’s statement said: “As agreed in this new arrangement, they understand that they are required to step back from royal duties, including official military appointments.“
This also means the Sussexes will now be able to find employment elsewhere, in order to become “financially independent” as their initial statement said.
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2. Their new move would be built on their Sussex Royal brand
With Harry and Meghan required to drop their HRH titles, the ability for them to create a brand based on their Sussex Royal name is uncertain.
The pair will still be known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, meaning it is the “royal” portion of their brand which may be in question.
It is not known whether the Queen will request the couple drop this as part of their step back, in which case the Sussexes will have to rebrand their charitable foundation, website and social media.
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3. In total 95 percent of the Sussexes income comes from Prince Charles’ Duchy of Cornwall estate
As working royals, the couple were entitled to funding from Prince Charles’ Duchy of Cornwall estate, however when their new lives begin this will not be so.
No longer attending royal duties, Meghan and Harry will not be entitled to a royal income.
However, Charles has agreed to fund the couple in the short-term, but it is likely this money will come from his private income.
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4. Meghan and Harry’s royal duties would continue and they would “fully support” the Queen, the commonwealth and their patronages.
Despite wishing to “collaborate” with the Queen and Royal Family, the couple has been told they can “no longer formally represent” the Queen in their new lives.
The Sussexes initial statement read: “We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties”
However this is not to be, with the Queen stating Harry and Meghan are “required to step back from royal duties, including official military appointments”
Buckingham Palace’s statement read: “With The Queen’s blessing, the Sussexes will continue to maintain their private patronages and associations.
“While they can no longer formally represent The Queen, the Sussexes have made clear that everything they do will continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty.”
5. The Sussexes would be entitled to armed security provided by the Metropolitan Police as they are “internationally protected people”.
On the website launched by the Sussexes after they released their initial statement on stepping back a comment described Harry and Meghan as “internationally protected people”.
This was quickly removed from their website, and Buckingham Palace has since declined to comment on the couple’s security arrangements.
However, most experts say it is unlikely the British Police will travel to Canada to offer security for the couple.
A former head of royal protection said Britain’s Home Office will probably continue to provide the couple with some police protection, given their status as prominent public figures.
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6. Their home – Frogmore Cottage – was refurbished with funds from the Queen via the Sovereign Grant “reflecting the monarchy’s responsibility to maintain the upkeep of buildings with historical significance”.
The amount spent on Meghan and Harry’s renovations on Frogmore Cottage triggered outrage among some after being funded by the British taxpayer.
However, the couple has now pledged to pay back the £2.4million spent on their home, with Palace Officials saying Meghan and Harry intend to pay rent.
The Buckingham Palace statement read: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have shared their wish to repay Sovereign Grant expenditure for the refurbishment of Frogmore Cottage, which will remain their UK family home.”
7. The couple pledged to have a “revised media approach” and would not be involved in the royal rota.
Now Meghan and Harry are no longer working royals and will not be engaging in royal duties, they are not eligible for the royal rota.
In his talk at the dinner for Sentebale on Sunday night, Harry said: “The media is a powerful force, and my hope is one day our collective support for each other can be more powerful because this is so much bigger than just us.”
Perhaps a preview of how their future lives will unfold was seen when Meghan visited charities privately in Vancouver last week.
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The charity visits were only revealed later in the day by Twitter posts from the charities, which were reportedly read and approved by Meghan herself.