Breaking: Harry & Meghan quit royal life completely, will lose titles and repay millions to the Queen
Shocking developments overnight
By Amy Sinclair
January 19 2020
In a heartbreaking development for royal fans across the world, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan have quit royal life for good.
Just two weeks after announcing that they would be stepping back as senior members of the family, the young couple have now taken things one step further by stepping away from duty altogether.
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In a series of bombshell statements overnight, it was announced that the couple will drop their royal titles and will no longer be known as the Duke & Duchess of Sussex. They will also repay $4.5 million spent on their royal residence, Frogmore Cottage and no longer receive any taxpayers’ money.
But while the news is a blow for royal fans, it’s been met with support and love from the Queen, who says the couple and their little one Archie will always be ‘much loved members of my family.’
In a statement, Her Majesty said: 'Following many months of conversations and more recent discussions, I am pleased that together we have found a constructive and supportive way forward for my grandson and his family. Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family.
'I recognise the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life.
'I want to thank them for all their dedicated work across this country, the Commonwealth and beyond, and am particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family.
'It is my whole family's hope that today's agreement allows them to start building a happy and peaceful new life.'
A statement from Buckingham Palace offered more detail, reading: 'The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are grateful to Her Majesty and the Royal Family for their ongoing support as they embark on the next chapter of their lives.
'As agreed in this new arrangement, they understand that they are required to step back from royal duties, including official military appointments.
'They will no longer receive public funds for royal duties. With the Queen's blessing, the Sussexes will continue to maintain their private patronages and associations.
'While they can no longer formally represent the Queen, the Sussexes have made clear that everything they do will continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty.
'The Sussexes will not use their HRH titles as they are no longer working members of the Royal Family. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have shared their wish to repay Sovereign Grant expenditure for the refurbishment of Frogmore Cottage, which will remain their UK family home.
'Buckingham Palace does not comment on the details of security arrangements. There are well established independent processes to determine the need for publicly funded security. This new model will take effect in the Spring of 2020.'
Originally published on New Idea Food
Amy Sinclair is a former editor who loves all things food, cooking and eating - especially the eating! When she's not looking after her three children, you'll find her in the kitchen or busily hiding online shopping purchases from her husband.