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  • Harry and Meghan, after taking a six-week break from their royal duties, made the unprecedented

  • decision to, in their words, "step back as 'senior' members of the Royal Family," according

  • to a January 2020 statement issued by the couple.

  • So, what does that mean exactly?

  • Here are some of the things Harry and Meghan won't be able to do anymore.

  • There's a lot of confusion surrounding Harry and Meghan's announcement to step back as

  • senior members of the Royal Family, and for good reason.

  • "I have no idea what that means, there are senior levels of royal?"

  • The couple reportedly didn't consult the queen or other members of the royal family before

  • issuing their statement, in which they revealed,

  • "We have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive

  • new role within this institution."

  • Harry and Meghan also explained that they have plans to "work to become financially

  • independent."

  • Their website spelled out more of the details behind the financial portion of their plan,

  • including the fact that they'll no longer receive funding through the Sovereign Grant,

  • which reportedly covered five percent of their expenses.

  • Harry and Meghan may not only lose a lot of money once they step down, but their expenses

  • may also go up.

  • As senior members of the royal family, Harry and Meghan live without cost at Frogmore Cottage

  • in Windsor.

  • Prior to moving in, the home underwent significant renovations, and according to the couple's

  • website, that refurbishment was funded by the Sovereign Grant.

  • So, what happens now?

  • The cottage remains the queen's property, but Harry and Meghan plan to stay.

  • Their site explains,

  • "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will continue to use Frogmore Cottage, with the permission

  • of Her Majesty The Queen, as their official residence."

  • This may be their desire, but it's not up to them.

  • Royal Household sources revealed to The Telegraph that Queen Elizabeth may rescind her permission

  • or may begin charging Harry and Meghan rent.

  • "You a grown ass man, you can't still be living in your momma's house, Harry."

  • It wouldn't be the first time the queen has demanded rent be paid.

  • As non-working royals, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie were expected to pay for their

  • apartment at St James's Palace.

  • The royal family has experienced abdications, retirements, and the relinquishing of royal

  • duties, but Harry and Meghan's decision to step down as senior members, while, in their

  • words, "fully [supporting] Her Majesty The Queen", is unheard of.

  • One royal commentator told USA Today,

  • "We are in unprecedented waters.

  • It is extraordinary.

  • What the hell is going on?

  • What do they want to do?"

  • Another royal commentator told CNBC,

  • "What it seems to me what they're planning to do is give themselves more freedom, more

  • flexibility, outside of what is certainly known as 'the firm' within royal circles.

  • They're saying, 'OK, we're not quitting, but we want to do our own thing too.'"

  • Harry and Meghan plan to split their time between the United Kingdom and North America,

  • which automatically means they won't be able to perform nearly as many royal engagements.

  • But, if they end up taking on similar roles to non-working royals, they actually won't

  • even be able to carry out any official engagements on the queen's behalf, as those are reserved

  • for working members of the royal family.

  • It's unclear what Harry and Meghan's new roles will entail exactly.

  • One royal commentator told CNBC,

  • "I am not even sure that they've figured out exactly how this new role is going to play

  • out."

  • "It's, um, yeah, it's been complicated."

  • However, Harry and Meghan did make clear how they plan to handle their media relations.

  • Unlike the other members of the royal family, the couple will no longer participate in the

  • Royal Rota system, according to their website.

  • This system allows select publications to have, quote, "exclusive inside access to the

  • official engagements of members of the Royal Family."

  • By the terms set out by Harry and Meghan, they can't, or won't, engage with the Royal

  • Rota any longer.

  • However, royal expert and biographer Sally Smith told USA Today,

  • "It's a delusion that they can escape the media [in North America]...There's even less

  • protection in this new hybrid existence."

  • Not every royal is given the title of His or Her Royal Highness.

  • Upon Harry and Meghan's marriage, though, Queen Elizabeth bestowed her granddaughter-in-law

  • with the title "Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex" and her grandson "His Royal Highness

  • The Duke of Sussex", and these aren't just titles.

  • As The Telegraph explained, the Royal Highness designation comes with certain obligations

  • when it comes to royal duties.

  • "Prince Harry himself has admitted there are times in his life when he wished he hadn't

  • been born a prince."

  • Now that Harry and Meghan wish to step down as senior members of the royal family and,

  • thus, fulfill fewer duties for the royal family, their titles have been called into question,

  • and not just by members of the public.

  • Given the couple's surprise announcement, Palace insiders told The Telegraph that both

  • the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's titles are, quote, "up for debate."

  • It wouldn't be far fetched for this royal couple to be stripped of their Royal Highness

  • titles entirely.

  • "I never thought that this would be easy, but I thought it would be fair, and that's

  • the part that's really hard to reconcile."

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This Is Everything Harry & Meghan Will Lose Once They Step Down

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/02/13
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