Just under a week ago, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, released this on their instagram account:
““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. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. 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, including the launch of our new charitable entity. 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. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex”
Following the announcement, a statement was released by Her Majesty the Queen.
And yesterday, a final decision was reached and Buckingham Palace announced the following:
- Harry and Meghan to completely step back from royal duties.
- Will not use their HRH titles any more.
- Will pay back the public money spent on Frogmore & will now pay ‘commercial rent’.
- They will largely live in ‘North America’
The Sussexes will continue to maintain their private patronages and associations. While they can no longer formally represent The Queen, they have made clear that everything they do will continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty, say Buckingham Palace
Her Majesty the Queen has been very gracious and I believe has made the right decision in this matter. God Save The Queen!
FOR GOD, QUEEN, AND COUNTRY