Buckingham Palace and Queen Elizabeth have finally arrived at a final decision regarding Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle's royal appointments a week after personally meeting down to talk about the issue.
According to the new agreement, both Harry and Meghan will drop their His/Her Royal Highness titles and step back from Royal duties, including official military appointments. They will also no longer receive funds from being "working royals."
The pair, however, will continue to hold their Duke and Duchess titles and continue pursuing their private patronages and associations. Though they will no longer formally represent The Queen, the couple has made it clear that everything they will do moving forward will continue to uphold the value of Her Majesty. Harry, however, will continue holding his title of Prince and will remain to be sixth in the line of succession.
Queen Elizabeth also expressed her continuous support for the two: "Following many months of conversations and more recent discussions, I am pleased that together we have found a constructive and supportive way forward for my grandson and his family."
"I recognize the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life."
The Duke and Duchess will also be paying back the £2.4 million (roughly P150 million) Sovereign Grant expenditure used to renovate Frogmore Cottage, their residence in the United Kingdom which will remain their family home. The couple will continue paying for the running costs of the cottage privately.
Earlier in January, Harry and Meghan expressed that they plan to be financially dependent when they step back from their royal duties. They will also be splitting their time between North America and the United Kingdom.
However, according to royal reporter Omid Scobie, Prince Charles, Harry’s father will continue offering financial support for the Duke and Duchess.
Nevertheless, the Queen is fully supportive of her grandson and Meghan’s new path. In her statement, she shared: "[I] am particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family. It is my whole family’s hope that today’s agreement allows them to start building a happy and peaceful new life."
The new model will be in effect starting spring of 2020.
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