Over the weekend, crisis control around Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big announcement continued.
Queen Elizabeth reportedly met with Prince Charles, Prince William, and Prince Harry at Sandringham, with Meghan phoning in from Canada. Following the announcement, Meghan returned to Canada to be with 8-month-old Archie, while Harry stayed behind to deal with all the details.
There are a number of details that still need to be worked out. Primarily, the public has been concerned with funding. Harry and Meghan have asserted they want to work to become financially independent.
This becomes tricky in areas where they’re still fulfilling royal duties. Costs related to their royal duties are currently paid out of Prince Charles‘ £21 million a year Duchy of Cornwall income.
There’s also the matter of whether or not taxpayers will fund the couple’s travel, which would not be expected to continue at the point they’re splitting their living between the UK and North America. Also on the table is who will pay for security, which is paid for by taxpayers. In the case of nonworking royals Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, the Duke of York pays these costs out of pocket.
The royal family will also have to figure out how Meghan and Harry can become financially independent without seeming to profit from royal status. This was a cause of concern with other royals in the past, including Sarah Ferguson and Sophie, Countess of Wessex. This will also allow them to weigh in on what kind of work the two can pursue that doesn’t disparage the royal name in any way. This weekend’s rumors indicate Meghan is interested in voice-over work with Disney, although those reports are unconfirmed.
These are just some of the many details that stand to be discussed as Harry and Meghan pursue their new progressive roles.
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