Following a period of discussions, Buckingham Palace announced in a statement that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would lose their “Royal Highness” titles and pay back the money from their AUD$4.5 million renovations on Frogmore Cottage.
“Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family,” the Queen said in a statement released over the weekend.
“I recognise 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.”
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In their original statement, Harry and Meghan shared their plans to become financially independent and split their time between North America and the United Kingdom.
However, according to a statement from Buckingham Palace, which confirmed the terms around the couple’s withdrawal as senior royals, it appears the new agreement is far stricter than what was initially anticipated.
After all, while Meghan and Harry intended to essentially be part of the Royal Family on a part-time basis, the Queen has decided that they cannot be half-in, half-out.
This new agreement, which will come into force in the coming months, means that the couple are no longer working members of the Royal Family and will henceforth no longer represent the Queen.
Today, in a speech delivered at a private charity dinner, Prince Harry further detailed his decision to step down.
Speaking at the Ivy Chelsea Club in London, Harry said that there was “no other option” but to step down, adding that he wanted to make it clear that they weren’t “walking away” from their royal duties.
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