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Queen Elizabeth Releases New Statement on Harry & Meghan's Exit from Royal Family, Palace Explains New Arrangements

Queen Elizabeth Releases New Statement on Harry & Meghan's Exit from Royal Family, Palace Explains New Arrangements

Some major breaking news was just announced at Buckingham Palace – Queen Elizabeth has released a new statement that explains what will happen now that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are exiting the royal family.

The Queen says the family has found a “constructive and supportive way forward” for Harry and his family.

Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family,” HM The Queen said in her statement. “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.”

The couple will no longer use their HRH titles, they’ll pay back the public funds that have been used on Frogmore House and will begin to pay rent, and they are free to make whatever commercial deals they want, though they’ll continue to uphold the monarchy’s values.

Harry and Meghan will continue to be known as The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Harry will remain a prince and he will retain the HRH title, but not use it.

Click inside to read the full statements from The Queen and Buckingham Palace…

STATEMENT FROM HM THE QUEEN
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.

STATEMENT FROM BUCKINGHAM PALACE
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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