Prince Harry and Meghan Markle quit royal life completely: Couple drop HRH titles, will repay £2.4m spent on Frogmore Cottage and won’t receive any more taxpayers’ cash as Queen says they remain ‘much loved family members’.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have today announced they will drop their HRH titles and quit royal life. In a bombshell announcement tonight, the Sussexes said they were ‘grateful for the support of the Queen as they embark on the next chapter of their lives’ and promised to repay the £2.4million of taxpayers’ money that they spent on Frogmore Cottage, which will remain their home in the UK as they look to spend more time living in North America. The couple (pictured left in London on January 7), will continue to maintain their private patronages and associations and while they can no longer formally represent The Queen, they have made clear that everything they do, ‘will continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty’, Buckingham Palace said. In a statement (right), the Queen said tonight’s announcement followed ‘months of conversations’, implying this comes as no shock to the household and talks have been ongoing for some time. Harry, who is currently in the UK, and Meghan – who remains in Canada with their son Archie – will not receive any further public funding but will continue to receive funds from the Harry’s father, the Prince of Wales, privately. Her Majesty (pictured inset today at Sandringham) added she was ‘particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become a member of the family’. The couple will become known as Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, from the spring. But it remains unclear how the couple’s security arrangement will be paid for, though it is likely to be paid for out of the public purse.
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