Facts about Meghan Markle & Prince Harry's Decision to Step Back from Their Royal Roles
Royal couple Prince Harry and Meghan remain a hot topic after weeks they announced their plans to leave the royal family.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, shocked the world when they announced their departure from the Royal Family in early January.
The couple decided to formally step away from their roles as senior members of the royal family with intentions to work to become financially independent and their decision caused some major ruckus in the royal family. Here are a few facts that have emerged since their announcement.
NO MORE ROYAL TITLES FOR THEM
Shortly after the couple's announcement, Express reported that the Royal Family had a few days of in-depth discussions before a statement from Buckingham Palace revealed the couple would let go of their HRH titles in the spring.
That was in addition to them being "required to step back from royal duties, including official military appointments."
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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
THEY CHOSE TO LEAVE TO PROTECT THEIR FAMILY
Nearly a month after the news of their departure became public, Prince Harry revealed that he and his wife placed the safety of his family above anything and everything else.
The revelation came during his speech at an event for his charity Sentebale when he said:
"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."
THEY HAVE INTENTIONS OF SUPPORTING THE QUEEN
Although the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared that they will keep supporting the Queen, the commonwealth, and their patronages, the palace had shown it has other plans.
According to Express, the couple has been told that they can "no longer formally represent" the Queen in their new lives. Despite that glitch, the couple has maintained that they will do everything they can to "uphold the values of Her Majesty."
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More images from Heritage Day in Bo Kaap. As part of their visit, Their Royal Highnesses visited the Auwal Mosque – the first and oldest Mosque in South Africa. Standing as a symbol of the freedom of former slaves to worship, the Mosque hosts events with Muslim, Christian and Jewish young leaders, and encourages friendship and understanding between South Africa's varied communities. The Duke and Duchess also got to view the first known manuscript of the Qu’ran in Africa, drafted by Tuan Guru from memory, whilst he was imprisoned on Robben Island. ••• Heritage Day celebrated the great diversity of cultures, beliefs and traditions that make up the rainbow nation. Bo Kaap streets filled with colour and music while Their Royal Highnesses were welcomed to one of the most vibrant neighbourhoods in Cape Town. The area has seen inter-community tension rise over the last few years, yet days like today show how faith, traditions, food and music bring people together, and celebrate the things that unite each and every one of us. #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica • Photo ©️ Shutterstock / PA images
FUNDING FROM PRINCE CHARLES WILL CONTINUE
The Sussexes will continue to get money from Harry's father, Prince Charles, but in a way different from when they were royals. CNN reported that Prince Charles funds 95% of the pair's personal and professional expenses through his private estate, the Duchy of Cornwall.
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Today, we are excited to be able to announce details for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s upcoming tour to Africa! 🇿🇦🇧🇼🇦🇴🇲🇼 • In just two weeks, Their Royal Highnesses will embark on this official tour focusing on community, grassroots leadership, women’s and girls’ rights, mental health, HIV/AIDS and the environment. This programme has been many months in the making, and The Duke and Duchess are eager to focus their energies on the great work being done in Southern Africa. From meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu to joining ‘Waves for Change’ on Monwabisi Beach, the South Africa programme will be educational and inspiring. The Duke is especially proud to continue the legacy left by his mother with her work in Angola as he joins Halo Trust again in an effort to rid the world of landmines. HRH will also travel to Malawi where he will check in on the British Army’s partnership with African Parks and will be working on the ground supporting local communities. The Duke is particularly proud to be able to deliver an exciting new initiative, a Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy three-country partnership which he designed and consulted with Governments in Namibia, Botswana and Angola to protect forest and wildlife corridors around the Okavango Delta. The Duchess will be working with local organisations to promote women and girls’ health and education, entrepreneurship and leadership. With such a textured culture and history, Their Royal Highnesses are grateful for the opportunity to connect with those on the ground in Southern Africa and to be inspired by the work being done and learn how they can be better supported. As President and Vice President of The Queens Commonwealth Trust and The Duke’s role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, The Duke and Duchess cannot wait to meet with young leaders mobilising change and adding to the beauty of these Commonwealth countries 🇿🇦🇧🇼🇦🇴🇲🇼 • “We look forward to seeing you soon!” • Photo ©️ PA images / Tim Graham - Getty Images / @Sentebale /@AfricanParksNetwork / @YouthAlert
However, now that they have stepped back, they won't have access to those funds. Nevertheless, the Prince of Wales has declared that he will continue to fund his grandson and his family. This time, however, it might be from his private income.
FROGMORE COTTAGE REMAINS THEIR U.K. HOME
According to CNN, Harry and Meghan took to their website to state that they will carry on using Frogmore Cottage as their official residence while in the United Kingdom, but that would require the Queen's permission.
Luckily the Queen is on board with it as the couple promised to pay back the £2.4million spent on the refurbishment of their home.
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TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are excited to announce that they have been asked to carry out a tour to Southern Africa this autumn. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office have requested a visit to South Africa 🇿🇦 as well as The Duke carrying out visits to Malawi 🇲🇼 and Angola 🇦🇴. His Royal Highness will also do a short working visit to Botswana 🇧🇼 en route to the other countries. The Duke and Duchess are really looking forward to meeting so many of you on the ground and continuing to raise awareness of the high impact work local communities are doing across the Commonwealth and beyond. This will be their first official tour as a family!
However, when they are away from the U.K, their home will be refurbished with funds from the Queen via the Sovereign Grant. Queen Elizabeth will do this to reflect "the monarchy’s responsibility to maintain the upkeep of buildings with historical significance."
THEY ARE STILL ENTITLED TO SECURITY PROTECTION
While Harry and Meghan have lost most of their benefits due to their exit, they will still remain entitled to protection by the Metropolitan Police. Express notes that Harry and Meghan remain “internationally protected people.”
Although it is not certain what arrangements have been put in place for the Sussexes' protection, Buckingham Palace did say that "there are well established independent processes to determine the need for publicly-funded security."
THEY MIGHT HAVE TO WORK TO EARN A LIVING
Although walking away from royalty means Meghan would have to get a job, CNN stated that there's little chance of her returning to acting – which she quit in 2017.
The mother-of-one has made it clear that her priority is female empowerment and her charitable work. However, Prince Harry might need to find a job that will aid them financially. Fans are yet to figure out what he would do besides his charitable work.
While all the details aren't known about Prince Harry and Meghan's exit, time will reveal how the duo fare after the royal family.