Harry and Meghan: Royal Highnesses no more

Lawrence Kim
January 19, 2020

Prince Harry (center left), Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, join Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, at a service marking the centenary of the World War I armistice at Westminster Abbey on November 11, 2018. An excerpt was released early on Sunday, a day after Buckingham Palace and Queen Elizabeth II announced that following discussions, a deal had been reached about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's future.

Currently, the duke and duchess' income, related to their royal duties, has mostly been covered by Harry's dad, Charles, Prince of Wales. Harry and Meghan will not be dependent on public funds anymore. "The Sussexes will not user their HRH titles as they are no longer part of working members of the Royal Family", the announcement read.

Among other changes Harry and Meghan have announced in recent days is that they will no longer participate in the royal rota system, which has provided a select pool of United Kingdom media outlets exclusive access to official engagements of the Royal family. However, they will retain the Duke and Duchess title. Since they are not quitting their roles entirely, Harry will still remain a prince.

It's also revealed that the couple will no longer receive public funding and plan to repay approximately $3.1 million of taxpayer funds, which were used to renovate their United Kingdom residence, Frogmore Cottage. "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 United Kingdom family home", the statement read.

With this major decision, Prince Harry is expected to lose quite a few noteworthy titles.

A palace spokesperson added: "As agreed in this new arrangement, they understand that they are required to step back from Royal duties, including official military appointments".

Considering Meghan and Harry will now be splitting their time between United Kingdom and Canada, the royal family will barely meet the couple.

In recent days, Queen Elizabeth and her family have been working out with officials how this "stepping back" - one that sent shockwaves across the United Kingdom - will work in practice for Harry and Meghan.

"I want to thank them for all their dedicated work across this country, the Commonwealth and beyond, and am particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family", the Queen said.

A royal source said that while Harry and Meghan will no longer receive public funding, Harry's father Prince Charles, will continue to offer private financial support.

We have a feeling more changes are coming, as Meghan and Harry transition into their new life independent of the royal family.

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