Prince Harry and wife Meghan have reached an agreement with the Queen following days of crisis talks over their wishes to “step back” and start a more independent life.
In a statement released this morning, Buckingham Palace confirmed that Harry and Meghan will officially no longer be working members of Britain’s royal family and will therefore lose their “royal highness titles”.
The couple will also no longer receive public funds and have revealed that they intend to to pay back the money used to refurbish their UK cottage.
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“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are grateful to Her Majesty and the Royal Family for their ongoing support as they embark on the next chapter of their lives,” a statement from 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.
Buckingham Palace said they will not be commenting on the details of security arrangements.
“There are well established independent processes to determine the need for publicly-funded security,” the palace said.
The Queen said she wishes her grandson and Meghan a “happy and peaceful new 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,” Her Majesty announced in a statement.
“Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family.
“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.
“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.”
It’s understood the new agreement will take effect in the Spring of 2020.