While the Queen has signed-off on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s plan to step down as senior royals the move poses a string of complex problems. The Queen has expressed her support for the couple’s bid to live more independently but confirmed there are still “complex issues” which need to be resolved.
Meghan and Harry have stated they intend to become “financially independent” from the Crown in future but the question of their security costs is yet to be publicly addressed by the pair.
As internationally protected people, Meghan, Harry and baby Archie’s security team is currently provided by the Metropolitan Police and paid for by the British taxpayer.
One royal commentator has claimed if the issue of funding is not resolved it could cause “resentment” in Britain.
Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk: “It was always the case that funding was likely to be a problem.”
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“The British and Canadian governments will fund security which is essential, but the populace, especially in Britain, may resent extra money for this.”
Prince Harry currently receives funding from his father Prince Charles via the Duchy of Cornwall and this is likely to continue.
Mr Fitzwilliams said: “The funding from the Prince of Wales is likely to continue, gradually to be replaced by their own earnings.”
According to Mr Fitzwilliam’s Prince Harry and Meghan’s wish to continue with their patronages while existing outside the royal bubble also poses a problem.
He said: “In their statement, the Sussexes said they wanted to continue with their patronages and remain part of the royal family.
“How their royal duties will be arranged so as not to steal the limelight from other royals will be a problem that will be hard to solve.”
As to how Meghan and Harry will make their own money, there is potential for the former actress to make money doing voiceovers for Disney after it was reported she had signed a contract with the company.
Mr Fitzwilliams added: “Here the Disney voiceover, books or speeches would be fine, some commercial endorsements would not be, so who decides?”
“Their homes, their staff, their Commonwealth links as President and Vice-President of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, all is to be arranged.”
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While Meghan and Harry’s unhappiness in the royal spotlight was understood to be closely linked to the large amount of media coverage they received, Mr Fitzwilliams has claimed this won’t change in future.
He said: “The one thing this change will not affect is the press interest.
“They will change the Royal Rota System and ask more friendly journalists to cover their events but the world’s press will continue to analyse their every action microscopically.”
He added: “The Sussexes handling of their stepping aside after will not be forgotten.
“Their future should have been privately planned and instead put the monarchy in crisis soon after the debacle with Andrew.
“Harry has reportedly said ‘What Meghan wants Meghan gets’, this is true in this instance.
“They were stressed and unhappy with royal life, whether they are happy in the long term and what they do and how the royal family react to it remains to be seen.”
The couple are expected to make some key decisions about their future in the coming days.
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