The British Royal Family has come to terms with the decision of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and the Duchess of Sussex. This is coming after all parties sat on a table and talked about the announcement made by the Royal couple that they are stepping back from their roles as senior members of the royal institution.
At the break of the news, The Queen has appealed for calm and understanding as the family was trying to work things out with Harry and Meghan. The couple had announced that they will be living between North America and the UK in pursuant of independent life, but will keep the values of the Royal Family.
Part of the deal announced by the family is that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will drop their royal titles – HRH, and would be addressed henceforth as Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan Duchess of Sussex.
They will also repay the 2.4 million pounds spent in renovating the Frogmore Cottage home. They are allowed to make whatever commercial deals they want as long as the monarchy values are not compromised.
The following agreement marks the conclusion of talks with the royal couple. After outlining the dos and don’ts of the agreement, The Queen was pleased that they were able to work things out with the couple. The statement issued by Buckingham Palace reads:
“As agreed in this new arrangement, they understand that they are required to step back from Royal duties, including official military appointments. They will no longer receive public funds for Royal duties.
“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.
“The Sussexes will not use their HRH titles as they are no longer working members of the Royal Family. 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. This new model will take effect in the spring of 2020.”
Part of the agreement is that Harry and Meghan will henceforth pay 360,000 pounds for the use of the Frogmore Cottage.
In a personal statement, The Queen thanked the couple and wished them well as she respects their decision to pursue an independent life.
“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.
“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. It is my whole family’s hope that today’s agreement allows them to start building a happy and peaceful new life,” the Queen said.
Meanwhile, Prince Harry has issued his first statement on the matter since the announcement. At a dinner for Sentebale, the charity he started with Lesotho Prince Seeiso, in 2006 to help orphans with AIDS, he said the decision will not affect his family relationship, even though it’s a painful one.
“I’ve accepted this, knowing that it doesn’t change who I am or how committed I am. But 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.
“I was born into this life, and it is a great honor to serve my country and the Queen. When I lost my mom 23 years ago, you took me under your wing. You’ve looked out for me for so long.” Harry added that media is formidable force that needs to be tamed with sincere care for each other.
“But the media is a powerful force, and my hope is one day our collective support for each other can be more powerful because this so much bigger than just us.
“I will always have the utmost respect for my grandmother, my commander in chief, and I am incredibly grateful to her and the rest of my family for the support they have shown Meghan and I over the last few months.”
However, there are yet some issues not included in the agreement, one of them, the security of the Sussexes. The cost of the couple’s security is at the tune of 7.6 million pounds, and it’s likely going to be funded by taxpayers’ money.
This is a turning point in the British Royalty and the British people are accusing Prince Harry of disrespecting the Institution just to please his wife.