Harry and Meghan will LOSE HRH titles and will REPAY £2.4million of public cash

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are to completely give up Royal life after a Megxit deal was sealed, Buckingham Palace announced tonight.

The couple will no longer use their HRH titles and will repay £2.4million of taxpayers’ money spent on renovating their Frogmore Cottage home.

The couple, who will be known as Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, will also stop carrying out royal duties from the spring.

The announcement tonight marks the conclusion of talks about their future with senior members of the family and royal aides.

It effectively means Harry and Meghan have got their wish to pursue an independent life in North America where they can set their own agenda and make money how they choose. They have pledged to ‘uphold the Queen’s values’.

The Queen praised Meghan for swiftly becoming a part of the family and thanked the couple for the work they had done, saying she was pleased they had found a constructive way to move forward.

In her statement, the Queen said: ‘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. 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.’

And a statement from Buckingham Palace read: ‘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.

‘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 does not comment on the details of security arrangements. There are well established independent processes to determine the need for publicly funded security. This new model will take effect in the Spring of 2020.’

And a spokesman for the Sussexes said: ‘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 couple (pictured), who will be known as Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, will stop carrying out royal duties from the spring

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are no longer to use their HRH titles and will repay £2.4million of taxpayer's money spent on renovating their Berkshire home, the couple have announced, as talks about their future roles concluded. Pictured is the Queen's statement and the first half of a statement from Buckingham Palace

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are no longer to use their HRH titles and will repay £2.4million of taxpayer's money spent on renovating their Berkshire home, the couple have announced, as talks about their future roles concluded. Pictured is the Queen's statement and the first half of a statement from Buckingham Palace

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are no longer to use their HRH titles and will repay £2.4million of taxpayer’s money spent on renovating their Berkshire home, the couple have announced, as talks about their future roles concluded. Pictured is the Queen’s statement and the first half of a statement from Buckingham Palace

And a statement from Buckingham Palace (pictured) read: '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'

And a statement from Buckingham Palace (pictured) read: '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'

 And a statement from Buckingham Palace (pictured) read: ‘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’

The Queen appeared stony-faced as she drove through Sandringham on Saturday afternoon, hours before the bombshell statements were issued

The Queen appeared stony-faced as she drove through Sandringham on Saturday afternoon, hours before the bombshell statements were issued

The Queen appeared stony-faced as she drove through Sandringham on Saturday afternoon, hours before the bombshell statements were issued

Insiders speak of the 'hundreds of thousands of pounds' made available to furnish the couple's Windsor home (pictured, Frogmore Cottage above). The Sussexes will pay back £2.4million of taxpayers' money spent on renovating the house in Berkshire

Insiders speak of the 'hundreds of thousands of pounds' made available to furnish the couple's Windsor home (pictured, Frogmore Cottage above). The Sussexes will pay back £2.4million of taxpayers' money spent on renovating the house in Berkshire

Insiders speak of the ‘hundreds of thousands of pounds’ made available to furnish the couple’s Windsor home (pictured, Frogmore Cottage above). The Sussexes will pay back £2.4million of taxpayers’ money spent on renovating the house in Berkshire

But the official statements do leave several key questions unanswered over Harry and Meghan’s future.

What do the bombshell statements mean?

What do they say?

Harry and Meghan are no longer going to be working royals, will not be carrying out royals duties and they will not use their HRH styles.

What does this mean?

The couple have effectively stepped down, not just as senior royals, but as working royals in general.

The dual role they suggested in their bombshell statement – of earning their own money and carrying out royal duties – is not going to happen.

How will they be funded?

Buckingham Palace said they will no longer receive public funds for royal duties, because they will not be carrying any out.

When will the changes take place?

In the spring of 2020.

Will they be financially independent?

Not completely. They will the earn their own money, but the Prince of Wales will also continue to offer private financial support to the couple.

This is expected to come from his £21 million a year Duchy of Cornwall income.

Will they still get round the clock protection officers paid for by the taxpayers?

Buckingham Palace said it does not comment on security matters.

But it added: ‘There are well established independent processes to determine the need for publicly funded security.’

And what about Frogmore Cottage?

Harry and Meghan will pay back £2.4 million in taxpayers’ money spent on renovating their Berkshire home.

Will they still use it as their base when in the UK?

Yes. And they will pay rent at a commercial rate on the property.

While they said the couple will no longer receive public cash, it is unclear whether the Prince will still receive the estimated £2.3million a year he gets from his father Prince Charles’s Duchy of Cornwall coffers.

And the future of the couple’s new website venture is also unclear. It is not known whether they will hang on to the ‘Sussex Royal’ name if they are no longer officially part of royal life.

Prince Harry had been forced to delay flying back to Canada to be reunited with Meghan and baby Archie because he was expected to have fresh talks on Monday with the Palace, before the bombshell statements were issued tonight.

The Queen, who wore a steely expression behind the wheel of her Land Rover at Sandringham on Saturday afternoon, had ordered courtiers to hammer out a plan ‘in days, not weeks’ for a stripped-back Royal role for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

As she drove through her Norfolk estate, Her Majesty wrapped up against the winter chill in a patterned head scarf and dark glasses.

The Prince had been spotted last night in the capital after spending the evening dining with friends at Brook House Pub in Fulham, west London.

Following a crunch summit between Princes Charles, William and Harry last Monday, the Queen agreed to let the Sussexes step back from official duties and tasked Palace aides with drawing up a blueprint for the couple’s future in double-time.

But negotiations had stretched on for five days because both parties were at loggerheads and unable to navigate a way through the deadlock.

Buckingham Palace has confirmed to MailOnline Harry, who was previously believed to be digging his heels in over securing a good financial settlement, has further meetings in the UK on Monday.

This is despite his desire to return to Canada to be with Meghan and eight-month-old Archie, who he has not seen for almost two weeks.

Harry had been expected to fly back across the Atlantic this weekend after hosting the Rugby League World Cup draw at Buckingham Palace on Thursday.

The last time he saw his son was at the $14million Vancouver Island mansion where he and Meghan spent Christmas – and Archie stayed when they returned to the UK say they planned to quit as senior Royals. 

Meghan Markle appeared fresh and happy as she drove herself to the airport in Canada on Friday, but was accompanied by a security guard

Meghan Markle appeared fresh and happy as she drove herself to the airport in Canada on Friday, but was accompanied by a security guard

Meghan Markle appeared fresh and happy as she drove herself to the airport in Canada on Friday, but was accompanied by a security guard

Prince Harry was pictured in London on Friday after he attended an event at Buckingham Palace. The Queen had recently held a summit meeting with senior members of the royal family

Prince Harry was pictured in London on Friday after he attended an event at Buckingham Palace. The Queen had recently held a summit meeting with senior members of the royal family

Prince Harry was pictured in London on Friday after he attended an event at Buckingham Palace. The Queen had recently held a summit meeting with senior members of the royal family

As well as splits between the Palace and Sussex households, friends claim that Harry and Meghan are themselves divided over where in Canada to settle down.

The Duke is believed to be happy to continue living on the west coast near Vancouver, while his ex-actress wife is understood to favour Toronto, where she lived during her time filming Suits.

‘Meghan has a lot of connections here. She finds it comfortable and believes it is somewhere they can develop new roles and pursue her interests,’ a source told the Times.

Prince Andrew drives to lunch with Queen 

Prince Andrew joined the Queen and Prince Philip for lunch at Sandringham today to keep his mother company in the midst of the Megxit crisis.

The Duke of York was pictured rumbling through the Norfolk estate behind the wheel of his Land Rover Defender.  

Wearing a flat cap and green fleecy coat, he drove with a man and mystery blonde woman to Wood Farm where he met his regal parents following a shoot.

Andrew kick-started the recent months of Royal woes when he was forced to quit frontline duties following a toe-curling Newsnight interview where he failed to apologise for befriending paedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein. 

Chaos is still raging through the Family’s ranks, but the spotlight has instead swivelled on to his nephew Harry, who is stepping back as a senior royal to become financially independent with wife Meghan Markle.  

Andrew has unsurprisingly taken a back seat during the ongoing Mexgit storm and was not invited to last Monday’s summit with Princes Charles, William and Harry to thrash out a solution to the Sussexes future. 

Prince Andrew was also spotted at Sandringham on Saturday, where he was understood do have had lunch with the Queen and Prince Philip.

The Standard quoted senior palace officials who are understood to have been working to resolve the crisis ‘at pace’.

But it was thought talks about the couple’s ability to strike big-money deals with corporate giants had added to the delay.

It emerged today that Meghan’s team pre-approved text and pictures sent out after her carefully-choreographed charity visit in Vancouver earlier this week.

The Duchess of Sussex visited feminist climate change group Justice For Girls in Vancouver on Tuesday in one of the first times she has been seen since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they were quitting as senior royals.

Her visit was publicised on the group’s Twitter account but only after Meghan’s team apparently gave the go-ahead, The Daily Telegraph reports.

On Friday, Meghan took full advantage of her newfound independence from the Crown as she drove herself to a Canadian airport to pick up a pilates expert pal who jetted in from the US for the weekend.

The Duchess of Sussex was spotted in photos obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com parked outside Victoria International Airport in a Land Rover Discovery on Thursday afternoon.

She appeared to be in high spirits as she chatted with a male companion in the front seat, believed to be personal security, for about 10 minutes until her friend Heather Dorak arrived.

She runs the Pilates Platinum brand, which the Duchess started attending in Los Angeles when she starred in Suits.

The friends were also both pregnant at the same time in late 2018, but their children were not with them at arrivals yesterday afternoon.

Ms Dorak, who hails from San Antonio, Texas, but lives in California, became Meghan’s pilates guru and attended the royal wedding in May 2018 with her husband Matt Cohen.

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Five thousand miles away in London her husband Harry made his first public appearance since the Megxit bombshell – and potentially his last engagement as a frontline royal – at the draw for the Rugby League World Cup at Buckingham Palace on Thursday.

And Harry and Meghan’s staff at Frogmore Cottage were reportedly ‘let go’, in the surest sign yet the couple will settle permanently in Canada. 

Meghan Markle’s team pre-approved text and pictures sent out after her carefully choreographed charity visit when she was given 18ct gold necklace worth £1,300 

Meghan Markle’s team pre-approved text and pictures sent out after her carefully-choreographed charity visit in Vancouver earlier this week.

The Duchess of Sussex visited feminist climate change group Justice For Girls in Vancouver on Tuesday in one of the first times she has been seen since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they were quitting as senior royals.

Her visit was publicised on the group’s Twitter account but only after Meghan’s team apparently gave the go-ahead, The Daily Telegraph reports.

Meghan Markle's team pre-approved text and pictures sent out after her carefully-choreographed charity visit in Vancouver earlier this week. Pictured: One of the images shared by feminist climate change group Justice For Girls

Meghan Markle's team pre-approved text and pictures sent out after her carefully-choreographed charity visit in Vancouver earlier this week. Pictured: One of the images shared by feminist climate change group Justice For Girls

Meghan Markle’s team pre-approved text and pictures sent out after her carefully-choreographed charity visit in Vancouver earlier this week. Pictured: One of the images shared by feminist climate change group Justice For Girls

The charity’s co-director Zoe Craig-Sparrow confirmed that that charity had sent the proposed Tweet to the Duchess’s team first.

She said: ‘And we wanted to ensure that what we were putting forward was an accurate representation of the meeting – we thought it went really well, but obviously we want to make sure that was reciprocated.’ 

On the visit, Meghan was gifted an 18ct gold and diamond whale tail charm necklace by a First Nations artist.

The Duchess of Sussex visited Justice For Girls in Vancouver on Tuesday in one of the first times she has been seen since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they were quitting as senior royals. Pictured: One of the images shared by Justice For Girls

The Duchess of Sussex visited Justice For Girls in Vancouver on Tuesday in one of the first times she has been seen since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they were quitting as senior royals. Pictured: One of the images shared by Justice For Girls

The Duchess of Sussex visited Justice For Girls in Vancouver on Tuesday in one of the first times she has been seen since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they were quitting as senior royals. Pictured: One of the images shared by Justice For Girls

The necklace was designed by Hollie Bartlett, who is a member of the Haisla Nation. 

Hollie hand-picked the piece from her collection at Vancouver’s Douglas Reynolds Gallery, which specialises in historic and contemporary northwest coast native art. 

Meghan’s visit to Justice for Girls was one of two charity visits she made that day. 

The other was to Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, however she never stepped foot inside the refuge.

Nor did she actually meet with any of the 500 at-risk women who use the Downtown Eastside Center in one of Canada’s poorest areas.

On the visit, Meghan was gifted an 18ct gold and diamond whale tail charm necklace by a First Nations artist

On the visit, Meghan was gifted an 18ct gold and diamond whale tail charm necklace by a First Nations artist

On the visit, Meghan was gifted an 18ct gold and diamond whale tail charm necklace by a First Nations artist

Meghan's visit to Justice for Girls was one of two charity visits she made that day. The other was to Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, however she never stepped foot inside the refuge (pictured)

Meghan's visit to Justice for Girls was one of two charity visits she made that day. The other was to Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, however she never stepped foot inside the refuge (pictured)

Meghan’s visit to Justice for Girls was one of two charity visits she made that day. The other was to Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, however she never stepped foot inside the refuge (pictured) 

Instead the Duchess of Sussex went to the Vancouver organization’s administrative offices in a former hotel building, where she met only with members of staff, acting executive director Kate Gibson said.

Logistics for the visit to the center itself would have been too difficult, Gibson explained. 

For one thing the center only allows in ‘women and those who self-identify as women’ so Royal Protection Officers would have had to stay outside, she said. 

She broke cover at the vulnerable women’s centre after a ‘mysterious’ email from a Hotmail account arrived asking if she could drop in. 

It came from Meghan’s ‘assistant’ – not a royal aide, according to the centre’s boss Ms Gibson.

On Thursday, Meghan drove herself to a Canadian airport to pick up a pilates-expert friend who jetted in from the US for the weekend.

The Duchess of Sussex was spotted in photos parked outside Victoria International Airport in a Land Rover Discovery.

She appeared to be in high spirits as she chatted with a male companion in the front seat, believed to be personal security, for about 10 minutes until her friend Heather Dorak arrived.

The Duchess of Sussex went to the Vancouver organization's administrative offices in a former hotel building, where she met only with members of staff, acting executive director Kate Gibson (pictured) said

The Duchess of Sussex went to the Vancouver organization's administrative offices in a former hotel building, where she met only with members of staff, acting executive director Kate Gibson (pictured) said

The Duchess of Sussex went to the Vancouver organization’s administrative offices in a former hotel building, where she met only with members of staff, acting executive director Kate Gibson (pictured) said

More than 5,000 miles away in London, her husband Harry made his first public appearance since the Megxit bombshell – and potentially his last engagement as a frontline royal – at the draw for the Rugby League World Cup at Buckingham Palace on Thursday. 

And Harry and Meghan’s staff at Frogmore Cottage are reportedly being ‘let go’, in the surest sign yet the couple will settle permanently in Canada with the Duchess strongly rumoured never to return. 

This week, a close friend said: ‘Meghan felt she had to escape because living within the royal confines was soul crushing.’ 

Meghan’s friend explained that the 38-year-old feels she can ‘finally breathe’ since leaving and has free reign over her life again.

They also explained that Meghan felt that living within the royal family confines was ‘soul crushing’ and she didn’t want her son around such a ‘toxic environment’, deciding to leave in part for his benefit.

It is understood officials are yet to iron out several key issues, including the Sussexes' security, titles and future finances

It is understood officials are yet to iron out several key issues, including the Sussexes' security, titles and future finances

It is understood officials are yet to iron out several key issues, including the Sussexes’ security, titles and future finances

The bank of Dad is draining Charles: RICHARD KAY on how the Prince of Wales has had to dip into his own private reserves and give Harry and William around £2.5million each

By Richard Kay for the Daily Mail

As fireworks arced across the night sky over Windsor Great Park, Prince Charles oozed with paternal pride.

‘My darling old Harry, I’m so happy for you,’ he had declared in his father-of-the-groom speech as the lavish celebrations for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex‘s wedding moved to its extravagant finale.

Fast forward 12 months and the Prince of Wales was in a rather less benign mood as he leafed through pages of accounts relating to his son’s expenditure.

The bills for the wedding, the bills relating to the considerable sums spent on fixtures and fittings at the Sussexes’ home Frogmore Cottage — quite distinct from the taxpayer-funded structural renovations — and the ongoing bills for Harry and Meghan’s allowance that he also provides, were adding up.

Prince Charles is pictured above walking Meghan Markle down the aisle on the day of her wedding to his son Prince Harry

Prince Charles is pictured above walking Meghan Markle down the aisle on the day of her wedding to his son Prince Harry

Prince Charles is pictured above walking Meghan Markle down the aisle on the day of her wedding to his son Prince Harry 

Sources now say the money Charles pays to his sons is 'draining him' Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Savannah Phillips and Prince George of Cambridge

Sources now say the money Charles pays to his sons is 'draining him' Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Savannah Phillips and Prince George of Cambridge

Sources now say the money Charles pays to his sons is ‘draining him’ Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Savannah Phillips and Prince George of Cambridge

Beyond a frown, he gave little away. ‘His attitude is always just pay what needs to be paid and move on,’ says a former aide. ‘It’s usually the path of least resistance when it’s to do with the boys.’

But those familiar with some of the eye-watering numbers which have crossed the royal desk at Clarence House say there is another side to the story.

One figure went so far as to say that the money he spends, not just on Harry and Meghan but also on financing William and Kate, was ‘draining him’.

Officially, the brothers and their households are funded out of Charles’s Duchy of Cornwall estate, but, in fact, the Prince has at times had to dip into his own private reserves.

It is thought the last time he had to do that on a significant level was in meeting Princess Diana’s £17.5 million divorce settlement in 1996, for which he also had to borrow from the Queen.

Within a year following Diana’s death, that money, minus inheritance tax handed over to the Treasury, had ironically been transferred into trusts for his sons.

Against this backdrop it is no wonder that the Prince has been so dismayed by Harry’s decision to turn his back on life within the Royal Family for an increasingly uncertain future outside it.

One of his central worries is just how — or rather who — is going to finance their new lives.

Money may not be the root of this crisis, but it is contingent to it. In announcing their decision to stand down as senior royals, the couple said it was their intention to be financially independent.

While this certainly represents a headache for the monarchy with its thinly disguised inference that Harry and Meghan may become royals for sale, Prince Charles’s money-men may be privately relieved.

At one stage he was paying the Sussexes more than William and his family. That figure is now understood to be around the same, with Harry and William each receiving approximately £2.5 million.

However, the Prince has let it be known that his funds are not inexhaustible and that there is a limit to how far and how much he can pay.

Insiders speak of the ‘hundreds of thousands of pounds’ the Prince made available to furnish the couple’s Windsor home after their decision to abandon Kensington Palace.

This was in addition to the £2.4 million of public money used to convert the 19th century property from five staff flats into a single home.

‘As for the wedding, it cost him a small fortune,’ a source said. ‘They were not small sums.’

From the Michelin-starred caterers who provided the evening’s black-tie dinner for 200, and the glass marquee, to the festival-themed food stalls and bars and cars and coaches to ferry the guests around, it was all paid for by the Prince.

According to a source, the figures involved in providing for both boys have in recent times been flagged up to the Prince by his accounting staff on more than one occasion.

‘There’s usually a raised eyebrow, but the Prince always just signs them off,’ says the source.

All the same, he has made it clear that while he will continue to fund his sons, there can be, as one courtier put it, ‘no blank cheque’.



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