The impact of Harry & Meghan’s decision to take a step back as senior members of the Royal Family are being discussed at unique meeting tomorrow.
Dadsnet is taking a look at 12 questions the Queen, Charles, William, Harry and possibly Meghan via phone, will likely have to discuss.
1. Will the Harry keep his place in line to the throne?
Prince Harry is currently 6th in line to the throne. Charles, William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis are all lined up ahead of him.
His ‘heirship’ is due to birth and UK law meaning that the only way this can be removed is if Parliamentary legislation is introduced to remove a person or change the rules governing the order.
Currently, Downing Street has refused to get involved in Harry and Meghan’s decision, insisting it is a matter for the royal family.
2. Will they keep their royal titles?
In the statement announcing their desire to step back as senior royals, Harry and Meghan gave no indication that they would give up their titles.
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, is not a prince. The couple chose not to have an aristocratic title for their child – so he won’t be part of this particular discussion.
3. Where will Archie be raised?
Harry & Meghan have said that they plan to live their lives split between the UK and North America “to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter”.
Obviously, questions around where he will go to school will need to be discussed but at just 8 months old they have plenty of time to work it out.
4. How will they become financially independent?
Harry and Meghan say they plan to become ‘financially independent’ as they “value the ability to earn a professional income” – which is something they are not currently allowed to do.
There will of course be plenty of opportunities to do this – from a fashion range to merchandising, public speaking, book deals, TV and film.
As a successful actress, Meghan could return to this. And let’s face it, we’d all like to see another season of Suits with Mike & Rachel again, wouldn’t we?
It now seems pre-meditated, but in December, Harry and Meghan trademarked the “Sussex Royal” brand, which included 100 items ranging from notepads and socks to counselling services?!? According to brand experts, this could earn them a fortune and make them bigger than the Beckhams and Obamas.
5. Will they stop receiving money from Charles?
Becoming financially independent means that Harry & Meghan won’t be able to use the Sovereign Grant, but this only funds 5% of their total costs.
They will still be eligible to receive money that’s allocated by Prince Charles through his private estate.
Rumours say that Charles has made it clear that reaching an agreement over money will depend on the specific details of their future role.
6. How will they divide their time between the UK and Canada?
In statements, the couple have said they aim to “balance our time” between the UK & Canada. Where ‘home’ will be though, is still uncertain.
7. Will they get to keep Frogmore Cottage as their home?
Harry & Meghan have said that they plan to continue living at Frogmore Cottage “so that their family will always have a place to call home in the United Kingdom”.
The ‘cottage’ is situated in the grounds of Windsor Castle and is proving controversial due to the £2.4m refurbishment at taxpayers’ expense just nine months ago.
The house is owned by the Queen, and apparently the couple have sought permission to continue living in the property while they are in the UK.
8. What will happen to their patronages?
The sussexroyal.com website says, Harry and Meghan will “honour our duty to the Queen, the Commonwealth and our patronages by continuing to support Her Majesty’s efforts to draw special attention to these groups as patrons of multiple organisations”.
9. How much official royal work will they do in the UK and overseas?
The Sussexes say they will continue to “proudly carry out official overseas visits” in support of the Queen and at the request of the Foreign Office.
Last year Harry & Meghan split from the joint charity project that they ran with his brother, William and wife Kate. Harry and Meghan say they are “actively working” to launch “a new charitable entity”.
The website states: “Their Royal Highnesses support many key causes together as well as independently. They will continue to prioritise these causes, alongside the separate patronages that form part of their proud duty to The Monarchy.”
10. What commercial deals will the couple be allowed to strike?
Harry and Meghan will be free to make whatever commercial deals they want – and we can already see the dollar signs in the eyes of the big brands eyeing up their 10.6 million strong Instagram account.
BUT, any deals they take on for personal financial gain are bound to be scrutinised to make sure they cannot be accused of profiteering from their position as members of the monarchy.
11. Will they continue to have security and who will pay for it?
According to the Sussexes, their plans are not going to extend to covering the costs of security themselves.
Harry and Meghan are deemed “internationally protected people” by the Home Office, so they require constant armed security from the Metropolitan Police.
Harry & Meghan have said this arrangement will carry on for the foreseeable future, but after being asked, they cannot provide a breakdown of costs because the UK government says this “could compromise the integrity of these arrangements and affect the security of the individual protected”.
However, other non-senior royals don’t have full-time protection officers, so it could turn out that they end up paying themselves.
12. Will taxpayers still fund their lifestyle?
As said above, with security, yes. And it’s likely they will keep Frogmore Cottage – which, as discussed, had a taxpayer-funded upgrade when they moved in last year.
Their website says “Frogmore Cottage will continue to be the property of Her Majesty the Queen”. This means that the bill for any future work is likely to be picked up by the Queen, through the Sovereign Grant, which covers upkeep and renovation on certain properties owned and kept by The Crown.
Both Harry & Meghan travel a lot and say they will continue to pay for their overseas trips themselves.
“All travel arrangements undertaken by The Duke and Duchess in their private time have always been and will continue to be paid for privately and not by UK taxpayers,” sussexroyal.com says.