Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might not have told anyone else in the royal family that they were planning on stepping back as “senior members” of the family so they could become financially independent. But, the couple did anticipate an onslaught of questions about their unprecedented decision.
The Duke and Duchess prepared for just about every question that would come their way after announcing their decision, and they published their answers to those anticipated questions on the Sussex Royal website to provide clarity on “existing and future funding arrangements.”
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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
Some of the questions Harry and Meghan answer include:
- Why are The Duke and Duchess of Sussex choosing this new working model?
- Do any other members of the Royal Family hold a title and earn an income?
- Do The Duke and Duchess of Sussex earn income?
- Do The Duke and Duchess of Sussex benefit financially from their charitable and cause-driven work?
- By becoming financially independent, will The Duke and Duchess of Sussex be cutting ties with the monarchy?
- Have The Duke and Duchess of Sussex benefited from public funding and tax benefits as members of the Royal Family?
To find out the answers to those questions and everything else you could possibly want to know about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to leave the royal family, all fans have to do is visit SussexRoyal.com.
The royal couple answers questions about their income, public funding, and their decision to choose a “new working model” in the section labeled “funding,” and they also share the details of their new media relations policy in the “media” section.
Princess Diana is smiling in heaven right now. I know she proud of Prince Harry.
We all are proud of Harry & Meghan.
— Chrissi Nielsen (@NielsenChrissi) January 8, 2020
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shocked the world on Wednesday when they announced that they were stepping down from their roles as senior members of the royal family.
This means that they will no longer receive funding through the Sovereign Grant, which is “the annual funding mechanism of the monarchy that covers the work of the Royal Family in support of HM The Queen, including expenses to maintain official residences and workspaces.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex say that they are looking forward to being members of the Royal Family with financial independence, and they are also excited about continuing their charity work.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle explained that they made this choice because they take great pride in their work and value the ability to earn a professional income, which is something they can’t do under the current structure.