Prince Harry and Meghan Markle lose royal titles as the Queen confirms couple's future in statement
18 January 2020, 20:27 | Updated: 18 January 2020, 20:33
The Queen has updated the public on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's future, revealing they will no longer be known as HRH.
In the statement, Her Majesty revealed that the couple are required to step back from royal duties, including official military appointments, and will no longer receive public funds for this.
The Queen also confirmed that Meghan and Harry will no longer use their titles 'HRH' as they are no longer working members of royal family.
In a more shocking announcement, it was revealed the Duke and Duchess will repay the money taken from the Sovereign Grant that was used to refurbish Frogmore Cottage, which they plan to use as their UK home.
The full statement from Buckingham Palace reads as follows:
"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."
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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
In her own statement, the Queen said that Meghan, Harry and baby Archie "will always be much loved members of my family" and that she "understands" the "challenges" they have experienced.
Her Majesty also added that she was "proud" of Meghan for "quickly becoming one of the family".
The Queen's full statement reads:
"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."
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“Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and thanking you for your continued support! We’ve loved meeting so many of you from around the world and can’t wait to meet many more of you next year. We hope 2020 brings each of you health and continued happiness.” - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Special thanks to Chris Martin and @Coldplay for allowing us to use one of their songs Photo and video © SussexRoyal Thanks to PA for additional images and footage
This announcement comes just over a week after Meghan and Harry announced they will be stepping back as "senior" royals.
The statement from the couple left the Queen calling for crisis talks at Sandringham, where Harry, Prince William and Prince Charles were joined by Her Majesty to discuss their future.