Today we learned the fate of Prince Harry and his new wife, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, from Queen Elizabeth II.
In the last week, it was reported that the Queen and the entire Royal Family were blindsided by reports that Harry and Meghan were choosing to step down from their royal duties and to even leave their home in England, choosing instead to live primarily in North America.
Meghan, an American, has spent a substantial amount of her professional life in Canada, and since getting married and giving birth to baby Archie, the family has spent time together in Vancouver. Reports are that Canada would be the family’s choice for their new home.
We learned earlier this week that there would be a meeting in the royal family to discuss the Duke and Duchess’s future. Meghan, who was in Canada at the time, participated in the meeting via speaker phone.
The decisions made in that family meeting were finally made public today.
According to the BBC, Harry and Meghan will no longer use their official titles, meaning they will never be referred to as “his/her royal highness” again. In addition, they will no longer represent the Queen in any way.
When the news of the couple’s wishes to separate from the Royal Family was made public, part of their plan was to become financially independent, allowing them to venture into future endeavors. As of today, the Queen has announced they’ll be granted that wish, meaning Harry and Meghan will no longer receive any state funds.
The statement released from the Queen also said that, while Harry and Meghan will keep their home at Frogmore Cottage, the two plan to repay the £ 2.4 million of public money that was used to refurbish the home. It doesn’t seem, however that they’ll be spending much time at Frogmore Cottage, as the statement also announced that the two will be spending the majority of their time in North America, most likely in Canada.
There are still many unknowns when it comes to the family’s future. For example, we still don’t know precisely where Harry and Meghan will settle down in North America. We also don’t know whether or not they’ll be given the same security protections they previously received.
However, no matter what Harry and Meghan (and baby Archie) decide to do with their new freedom, it’s probably safe to say the media will continue to follow and report on the famous family.