Inside Meghan and Harry showdown summit as the royal family lay out six key points
The six key pointsTitles The Queen referred to the couple by their first names and not by their titles in her statement. Does this mean they will lose their titles? Finances
What happens next?Crucially with the Queen’s blessing, Harry and Meghan will now split their time between the UK and Canada as “a period of transition” takes place, nullifying the need for the immense haste which the Sussexes had been so keen to implement. Central to discussions was the way in which the couple will move towards becoming “financially independent” They revealed they would stop claiming public funds, believed to be in excess of a £1million a year, but it is thought they would still claim expenses for travel and office costs Despite being worth more than £35million in their own right, the couple are still yet to announce whether they will give up the £2.3 million a year subsidy from Prince Charles from his private income. Their security bill has still to be managed, set between £600,000 and £1million, considerably more if dividing their time between countries. They were buoyed today by reports Canadian prime minister has agreed to foot the bill when the duke and duchess are residents in his country. Justin Trudeau had previously tweeted “‘You’re among friends, and always welcome here’” when news broke of the Sussexes escape to Vancouver for their extended break over Christmas and new year. The Queen’s advisors have made clear the Sussexes responsibilities moving forward when signing corporate deals and Harry has agreed he would never purposely seek to bring controversy to his family’s. He told how neither he nor his wife have plans to do a "tell all" interview after close associates of the couple said that any proposition would "not be pretty" for the monarchy. Key to any discussions moving forward will be the Queen’s private secretary Sir Edward Young, Prince Charles’s canny private secretary Clive Alderton and William’s top aide and former civil servant Simon Case. Prince Harry’s private secretary, ex-diplomat Fiona Mcilwham, is expected to complete the group. The Sussexes living arrangements are to be mapped out by advisors once Harry and Meghan come up with a range of options. It is expected they will keep their Frogmore Cottage home that was refurbished with £2.4 million of taxpayers cash just last year. After the meeting the three male principals staged a synchronised exit from the estate in separate cars, with Charles later flying from RAF Marham around 15 miles away by to his Scottish retreat Birkhall where he always has a New Year break. It is expected they will keep their Frogmore Cottage home that was refurbished with £2.4 million of taxpayers cash just last year. After the meeting the three male principals staged a synchronised exit from the estate in separate cars, with Charles later flying from RAF Marham around 15 miles away by to his Scottish retreat Birkhall where he always has a New Year break. As the sun set on the grounds outside the room where discussions had taken place and the satellite vans of the worlds media trundled off, the Queen was left to consider what the future would look for her family and the country she has serves with distinction after this most historic day.
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