Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to drop HRH titles and pay back £2.4m of taxpayers' money


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will keep their titles but won’t use them after they struck a deal with the royal family.

The couple will no longer be known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex , or the Earl and Countess of Dumbarton when they are in Scotland.

The deal reached will kick in later this year, in Spring .

Frogmore Cottage , where the couple stay in the UK, will be kept in their hands but will pay back £2.4m of Sovereign Grant money used to upgrade the property.

Harry and Meghan will pay back around £2.4m

Harry and Meghan will spend more of their time in Canada and will not carry out duties from the Spring.

The Queen said in a statement: “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.

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“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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It comes after the couple announced they wanted to become more independent when they released a statement earlier this month.

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. 

The Queen said the pair will always be part of the royal family

“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 .

The pair will pay back £2.4m following work done on Frogmore Cottage

“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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