It’s almost two months since Meghan and Harry announced their desire to become financially independent and to retire as senior members of the Royal Family. In a lengthy post in their new website, sussexroyal.com, they shared that they will divide their time between North America and the United Kingdom while working for the Queen and pursuing their individual ventures and charities.
While the Sussexes have shared to the world their withdrawal as working members of the Royal Family, Queen Elizabeth herself and the rest of the members of their family were shocked.
While the Queen, Prince William, and Prince Charles knew about Prince Harry and Meghan’s plan to gain independence and not be subject to the scrutiny of the press and public, everyone within their circle knew that the Sussexes are still under talks with the Queen. According to insiders, what Meghan and Harry did was premature.
Finally, in an update via Prince Harry and Meghan’s website, the two were able to share what has been discussed with the Queen and how their arrangement will be like, which will be effective in Spring 2020.
Okay, so Prince Harry and Meghan can still retain their HRH titles which means we can still call them His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex and Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex. However, they cannot actively use their HRH titles because they are no longer working members of the Royal Family.
In effect, they cannot represent the Queen in any engagements since they are required to step back from all of their Royal duties. Initially, the Sussexes wished for them to be able to represent the Queen even in a limited capacity.
Prince Harry and Meghan will no longer be funded by the Crown and they will be allowed to earn their own income in whatever way they deem possible.
But because they are a high-profile family, with Prince Harry’s royal roots and Meghan’s Hollywood star persona, they will require effective security to protect them and their son, as agreed on the January 2020 meeting.
Prince Harry will still remain sixth in line to the throne of The British Monarchy and the Order of Precedence will remain unchanged.
As part of their transition to a more normal life, the Queen deems it proper for Meghan and Harry not to use the word “Royal” given the specific U.K. government rules on its use. The Sussexes also said that they do not intend to use ‘Sussex Royal‘ or any iteration of the word ‘Royal’ in any territory (either within the U.K. or otherwise) when the transition occurs [in] Spring 2020.” In fact, they have removed their trademark applications that were filed last year.
Now what’s next for the Sussexes? Stay tuned.