Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Might Reportedly Not Be Stripped of Royal Titles Amid Royal Exit News
Prince Harry and Meghan announced stepping down as senior members of the royal family last week. While their decision left the monarchy scrambling, there has reportedly been no mention that the couple will be "punished or stripped" of their Royal titles.
The couple's decision could have "stark implications" as Queen Elizabeth summoned a meeting with Prince Charles, Prince William, and Prince Harry.
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“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 For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA
To be held on Monday, Meghan will reportedly join discussions via a conference call from Canada so that everyone can hash out a solution to the future of Prince Harry and Meghan in the royal family.
According to reports, Prince Harry first approached his father about splitting time between the UK and North America shortly before Christmas. Prince Charles wanted a thorough plan from the Sussex's, so Prince Harry supplied him with a drafted proposal early in January.
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This morning, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was christened in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle at an intimate service officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are so happy to share the joy of this day with members of the public who have been incredibly supportive since the birth of their son. They thank you for your kindness in welcoming their first born and celebrating this special moment. Their Royal Highnesses feel fortunate to have enjoyed this day with family and the godparents of Archie. Their son, Archie, was baptised wearing the handmade replica of the royal christening gown which has been worn by royal infants for the last 11 years. The original Royal Christening Robe, made of fine Honiton lace lined with white satin, was commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1841 and first worn by her eldest daughter. It was subsequently worn for generations of Royal christenings, including The Queen, her children and her grandchildren until 2004, when The Queen commissioned this handmade replica, in order for the fragile historic outfit to be preserved, and for the tradition to continue. Photo credit: Chris Allerton ©️SussexRoyal
However, time was needed to figure out the finer details such as funding, and Queen Elizabeth reportedly urged the couple to wait with an announcement. Blindsided, Prince William, Prince Charles, and the Queen only received a copy of their statement "10 minutes" before the Sussex's released it to the public.
TALKING POINTS OF THE MEETING
On Friday, royal aids got tasked with coming up with a solution for Prince Harry and Meghan's future in the royal family. They reportedly compiled a document stating the sizable punitive taxes the couple could be subjected too as a part of their eagerness to become "financially independent."
If Meghan and Prince Harry relocate to Canada permanently, Prince Harry could be subjected to "double tax" on commercial income, along with a hefty bill for his Windsor home, Frogmore Cottage.
Where the UK requires property owners to pay income tax on global earnings for any resident who spends 90 days a year or more in the country, Canada's limit is 183 days.
Meghan already pays tax on global earnings irrespective of where she lives as a US citizen, and Prince Harry's options seem to be limited to giving up his UK residency or spending less time in Canada if they permanently relocate.
AN UNSURE FUTURE
"There is no suggestion that they will be punished or stripped of their Royal titles or HRH status. Everyone wants to find a solution to this as quickly as possible,' a source told DailyMail.
Prince Harry's future role will also be discussed during the meeting, as he is already the President of the Queen's Commonwealth Trust.
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Having attended the 10th Annual One Young World opening ceremony on Tuesday, The Duchess of Sussex was joined today by The Duke of Sussex for a round table discussion on gender equity with OYW and Queen’s Commonwealth Trust young leaders. Over the last few days, these young leaders became @OneYoungWorld ambassadors with the intention to return to their communities and further existing initiatives to help change the world for the better. This year OYW partnered with the @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, of which The Duke and Duchess are President and Vice-President respectively, to provide scholarships to young leaders driving positive social impact in the Commonwealth. This was the most exciting collaboration between two groups The Duchess is passionate about and has been working with for some time. For more information and highlights from the week and how you can support these incredible leaders and their initiatives, visit @OneYoungWorld Photo © SussexRoyal / PA
NO GOING BACK?
According to DailyMail, Meghan told friends a move to Canada would put distance between the "toxic" life in the UK, and the couple already moved their pet dogs to their mansion on Vancouver Island as the source added:
"Lots of assumptions have been made about how things can work, but this will be the time for workable decisions to be made in the full knowledge of the consequences and implications, however unappealing."
Despite the tumultuous time, Prince Harry will reportedly host the 2021 Rugby League World cup draw at Buckingham Palace on Thursday as planned, and he is expected to return to Canada shortly after.
CELEBRATIONS AMID ROYAL RUCTIONS
Kate Middleton celebrated her 38th birthday on Thursday, and shortly after Kensington Palace thanked fans for their well-wishes on her special day, the Sussex's paid a lovely tribute to their sister-in-law.
The palace shared a beautiful picture of Kate, to which Prince Harry and Meghan commented, "Wishing a very happy birthday to The Duchess of Cambridge today!"