On January 8, 2020 Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex released a statement saying that they intend to step back as senior members of The British Royal Family.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are planning to split their time between the United Kingdom and North America, specifically Canada, with her eight-month-old son, Archie.
Prince Harry and The Duchess of Sussex released the news on their Instagram account.
“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
The couple also launched their new official website “Sussex Royal”,
Sussex Royal features images from royal tours and engagements, and explain the “progressive new roles” and future plans for the Sussexes.
Hours later, Buckingham Palace also released an official statement regarding The Duke and Duchess of Sussex:
A statement from Buckingham Palace regarding The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. https://t.co/1qtTEHiIq6— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) 8 de enero de 2020
“Discussions with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage. We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through”.
According to reports:
- Neither Her Majesty or any member of The Royal Family were consulted before the The Duke and Duchess of Sussex released the statement to the world.
- After their announcement, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, flew to Canada to reunite with her son, Archie. The child was left in Canada.
Queen Elizabeth II with Prince Harry and Prince William on the balcony at Buckingham Palace for Trooping The Colour, 11th July 1988.Embed from Getty Images
Prince Harry kisses his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II after the wedding of Peter Phillips to Autumn Kelly, at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle on May 17, 2008 in Windsor, England.
Following The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s statement, The Queen asked her aides to join the Household of Clarence House, Cambridge and Sussex to work “at pace” and find a “‘solution” to Harry and Meghan “within days not weeks”
The Queen calls Prince Charles of Wales, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex to attend a crisis meeting at Sandringham “Sandrigham Summit 2020” on Monday January 13th 2020 to discuss The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s future in the British Royal Family.
The Duchess of Sussex expected to dial-in to the meeting from Canada.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
A commuter collects a copy of the London Evening Standard featuring the latest news on the British Royal family outside of Liverpool Station in London, U.K.Embed from Getty Images
Sandringham Summit 2020
Prior to the “Sandringham Summit” Prince William and Prince Harry have issued a joint statement denying “bullying claims”.Embed from Getty Images
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“Despite clear denials, a false story ran in a UK newspaper today speculating about the relationship between The Duke of Sussex and The Duke of Cambridge.
For brothers who care so deeply about the issues surrounding mental health, the use of inflammatory language in this way is offensive and potentially harmful.”Prince William and Prince Harry
A large screen displays Sky News headlines featuring the latest news on the British Royal family outside of Liverpool Station in London.
The meeting between The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex took place at Sandringham State on January 13, 2020.Embed from Getty Images
After the “Sandringham Summit” The Queen released the next statement:
A statement from Her Majesty The Queen. https://t.co/IVSyfeojqk— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) January 13, 2020
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“Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family.
My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family. Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.
Harry and Meghan have made clear that they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives.
It has therefore been agreed that there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the UK.
These are complex matters for my family to resolve, and there is some more work to be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days.”Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
UPDATE!!! January 18, 2020
MEGHAN AND HARRY ARE NO LONGER USE THEIR HRH TITLES
On January 18, 2020 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Buckingham Palace have released two new statements about Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Harry, Duke of Sussex.
Harry and Meghan are no longer working royals, they will keep HRH but won’t use it, they’ll repay the £2.4million used to renovate Frogmore and pay rent to keep it as family home, Harry to give up all military appointments but keep charities.
A statement from Her Majesty The Queen.https://t.co/ZAPC5ARUup— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) January 18, 2020
Statement from HM The Queen
The Queen have Sweet words for Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Harry, Duke of Sussex and their son Archie: “Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family.”
Her Majesty also said: “I am particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family.”
Statement from Buckingham Palace
The statement from Buckingham Palace said that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are to no longer use their HRH titles “as they are no longer working members of the Royal Family” as talks about their future roles concluded.
- With regard to the “HRH” – Harry and Meghan are to remain HRH but they will not use the title. Instead they will be known as Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.
- 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 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.
- Prince Charles will continue to offer “private financial support” to Harry and Meghan.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are to drop their HRH styles and become known as Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex pic.twitter.com/bKWER5YU0f— PA Media (@PA) January 18, 2020
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