The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will step back as senior royals

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced that they intend to step back as "senior members of the Royal Family." The Duke and Duchess said that they had taken the decision "after many months of reflection and internal discussions." The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared their plans to split their time between the United Kingdom and North America in an Instagram post.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced that they intend to step back as "senior members of the Royal Family
However, Buckingham Palace released an officially statement saying discussions with the royals were "at an early stage.". In the statement, it is also said "We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through.”.

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  1. If they step back from their duties I really hope that they won’t get any more money from the British tax payers. I really can understand their desire to live more privately and spend time with Baby Archie but if you don’t work you won’t get any money, this must also apply to members of the Royal Family!

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    1. Baby Archie needs to grow up with family, obviously he will never know the Markles and now the Windsors too. What a shame!!

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    2. I wish she had announced with some respect; First of all this is overshadowing Kate's birthday then have a conversation with the Queen, Charles and William.

      Meghan needs to learn talking to family!! If she respected and loved her own family this mess would have been avoided in the first place. The press only reported what the Markle family were saying. Anyway Good Luck to Harry.

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    3. Totally agree with comments above. In my post at the end of the previous blog I mentioned them overshadowing Eugenie's wedding with the pregnancy announcement. This announcement seems deliberately timed to overshadow Catherine's birthday

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    4. Anonymous : I totally agree with you ...

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  2. They have the right to take their lives in their own hands. Harry is only sixt in line of succession. He never really recovered from his mother's death and is confronted every day with the tabloids and negative reactions about Meghan. I understand they cannot be happy living the eternal pressure daily. Let them live their life and be happy.

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    1. Very well said !!

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    2. Nonsense he is a grown man who had stabilized his life. He was creating a good legacy for himself with the invictus games, his work with armed forces, he had good family values and got along with all as reflected with his guests to his wedding. And now what a mess! He didn't even tell the Queen or William about this. He is allinating his family, like Meghan did to the Markles.

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    3. I don't for a minute believe that this was not discussed with the Queen, Charles and William before the announcement, come on. The timing might have been pushed by Harry and Meghan, but it's not a decision they can announce entirely on their own.

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    4. Agree! William has lost his mother too, but he deals with it like an adult. It has always been Harrys problem, that he wanted to play the first fiddle but without annoying duties. Now he is a charity-vip and hopefully he separates this from his title. But I think the royal family will still get a lot of trouble with this couple.

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    5. Well said, Jules! A mess indeed!

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    6. Thats fine. They do have that right but they can not retain sovereign monies, titles or privileges at the same time. Those are for working royals who support TQ. Not royals who want to do their own thing. Most importantly, they can not monetize and commercialize their connection to BRF as a brand.

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    7. Jules: well remarked! Maybe, Her Majesty the Queen will not be amused at all...

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    8. Totally agree with Jules.

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    9. They're not captives, they've always had the right to choose to be private citizens. But their statements indicate that what they want is the best of both worlds - to retain the support, the titles and the perks, but be able to run it all on their own terms and to 'monitize/commercialize' their positions.

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    10. All of those who judge a person who lost his mother at Harry’s age, have you ACTUALLY been in his exact situation? If not PLEASE STOP WITH THE ‘I KNOW IT ALL’ attitude. It’s what has driven these decent people mad. Just STOP, take a breath through your nose, and then try a decent, perhaps even understanding, point of view. Just try it for a change. See how that might feel.

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    11. My first comment refers to Jules comment. I totally agree with him. But I think the Queen knew about the step beforehand. Even Harry is not that reckless. After all, he wants to keep some privileges… as a hedge.

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    12. Apart from any other issues, I don't see how they can believe that they can live as semi private citizens. Are they honestly so naive that they don't realise that there will always be paparazzi on the look out for them unless they live somewhere totally inaccessible. I know that years ago, Meghan expressed her love for Toronto because it wasn't celeb orientated like LA, for example, but that's not going to be the case for them now.

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    13. @AnnieM
      I think, they enjoy the limelight but they want to make their own rules. They are far from wanting to be ordinary citizens.

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    14. @ Lavinia
      Have you ever heard William or Prince Philip moan about their difficult childhood like Harry does? You can‘t excuse the lack of character with it.

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    15. well said @monty Prince Phillip's mother had serious mental health (Schizophrenia) and she was never around in childhood. When he married into the British Royals his kids were denied to use his name. But he never complained a day. He was a loyal consort!
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    16. People who feel insecure in social situations never miss a chance to exhibit their dominnance over close submissive friends, whomthey put down publickly, in front of everyone-by teasing for example. Nietzsche

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    17. @monty, William is older and had a different relationship with Diana. Plenty of evidence.

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  4. More information here ... https://eu.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/celebrities/2020/01/08/what-harry-meghan-mean-they-dont-want-senior-royals-anymore/2847084001/

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  5. Bravo pour leur décision pleine de courage et de force. BK n'était pas au courant, une blague juste ils ont voulu mener la barque à leur manière, les Sussex ne leur ont pas laissé le temps. Meghan est maman, elle a vécu une grossesse difficile avec des rumeurs folles les unes les autres. Le palais de Buckingham ne s'est pas levé pour la défendre. Elle doit suremebt se préparer à faire un deuxième bébé, ils ne vont pas s'essuyer les pieds sur Elle. Meghan et Harry ne sont plus seuls, ils ont un petit garçon qu'ils veulent protéger de ce climat malsain et ignoble. C'est de leur devoir. W, K et leurs enfants pourront être mis en lumière...Les Sussex seront loin de ce panier à crabe et construiront leur propre lignée. Alors levons les voiles, naviguons et voguons vers d'autres contrées. Bravo les Susdex

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    1. Entièrement d'accord avec vous Lady de Seine.

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    2. Qu'ils naviguent vers d'autres contrées mais par leurs propres moyens, sans fonds publics, britanniques, canadiens ou autres et sans se servir de leurs titres officiels pour moneyer leur marque.

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    3. Well, I think this Lady writes about things we simply don’t know, or does she, being a “ lady”??

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    4. Moi-même aussi en accord avec vous, Lady de Seine. Bravo pour vos bons mots.
      Anon 9:13

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    5. Je suis plutôt d'accord avec Anon 7:05, beaucoup de supputations mais plutôt dangereuses. Ne pas se fier à la presse à sensation.

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  6. The Sussexes started with all their heart but the others probably 1/2hearted - it looked like that at their wedding.

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  7. They never behaved like senior Royals in any case, more like spoilt brats

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    1. The know it all-attitude is all over this .. Aar

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    2. Agree. Some people (who have not been even close to their situation) just ‘know it all’. Only shows arrogance. No depth or even basic respect.

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  8. It is a great pity that they renovated the house with taxpayers' money and now the house will be used from a dash. Harry has his duties. Royal obligations. I am not worried about the financial side of his future life, but the lack of consistency in being an adult and mature approach to the subject. He had not shown this behavior before. I think it is Meghan's "credit". I wish them the best

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    1. Why Meghan credit?How many times H sai very published that he want lived in another country and a normal life?

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    2. The Frogmore Cottage will always be renovated using the taxpayers money as this is part of the Crown Estate. No matter who lives there it will always be renovated and maintained by taxpayers money. It's just that Meghan and Harry were the ones to live there, and the Queen granted/gifted it to them. It was not maintained well so the costs might be pretty high.

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    3. @ anon 10:40: we are not talking about simple renovation but a customized renovation with yoga zones, baby room and so on. Do you think it has the same bill as a simple renovation? Btw if they had stayed at Kensington the Cottage wouldn't have been renovated for a two yrs usage 🤔

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    4. Then tell the same thing to all the royals who customized their places using taxpayers' money. They are not the only one who've done it. You just don't like Meghan and Harry. If maybe this place was given to Kate and William you will not say a thing.

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  9. It seems they do not intend to totally quit their royal duties, if your read their announcement carefully. The decision is quite understandable, although I’m a bit surprised they didn’t at least inform the Queen first.

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    1. "Somewhere" you can read that they informed the RF 10 minutes before they put the thing on their IAcount.

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    2. You can't be privileged and choose only the part that suits and be present only when its pleases you, and leave the one that slightly hurts. Life is not comfortable and easy. He is the brother of the future king. Heritage obliges to something more than just waving the hand and complaining about the disgusting press. The queen would never give up her duties. Her Majesty is not a quiter.

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    3. It seems like no one has read the statement carefully indeed. 100s of articles published today with opinions and opinions on opinions and anonymous quotes from courtiers. It's ridiculous.

      It seems the family knew about what they wanted beforehand. Everyone was jumping to conclusions immediately, which has been the problem from the beginning. This one's on the British press. Like Meghan said: she "thought it would be fair". But they don't stand a chance and nobody listens.

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    4. That's alright - because now they are only going to be dealing with the "cool" journalists who will only say nice things in the great big echo chamber of ego massaging they seem to want. They don't have a problem with the press, they have a problem with negative press - much unfair, but some of it not.
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  10. I respect their decision, but you have to make a clear choice: either being member of the royal family with all its obligations and also nîce advantages or living your private life. You cannot ask from other members to do all those (sometimes boring) traditional activities and picking out the nice things yourself. What I do not respect is the way they announced their new way of life without informing the Queen. Thats in fact the same way as tabloids work, which they detest!!!

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  11. There are open questions: why did they not talk to the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William first? Why did they make this announcement at the day of Catherines birthday? What about Frogmore and the amounts of money the british taxpayers had to pay for it?

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    1. Yes, very good questions. To be sure, none of the answers include consideration or respect for their family.

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    2. @ Coralie
      Think of the Shakespeare pastoral comedy ‚As you like it‘ …

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    3. Monty, let's hope the comedy does not turn into a "Macbeth"-drama...

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    4. @Coralie
      The choice of weapons has changed :)

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  12. Enfants gâtés et capricieux !

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  13. What does that even mean- titles, taxpayer funding, etc. in the same announcement (already prepared and released on their website) they talk about this and still representing the Queen throughout the Commonwealth, having taxpayer funded security, controlling all their media with pre-approved journalists and making money on their own terms. Sounds a bit like dictating to the monarchy their roles, responsibilities and privileges in a shock IG post and right in the midst of re-shuffling all of Andrew’s responsibilities. How on earth could they be trusted to represent the monarchy in any significant way under their terms and with how badly they have handled their PR & the public. Sadly I think in this war of shaping the monarchy they are probably going to be out. Such a shame.
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  14. Agree with Trudy and Anon 3.32 PM.

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  15. How in the world can their family even gather with them never knowing if anything will end up in their next “project”. They did all kinds of prep work setting themselves up and going against the palace. They need to go with even less royal tones than the Duke and Duchess of Windsor- he at least had been king these two just think they are.

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  16. Joann
    The whole thing is surprising to me. There is a slapdash quality to it. I think the Queen and the Palace should have been informed so the announcement would be a little clearer about what they plan to do.
    I wish them all the best. Harry is far down in the line of succession, so I think his royal workload will decrease as William's children grow up. The problem for this couple as I see it is this. They seem sure they will be able to be financially independent. But as they distance themselves from the "royal" brand and the Queen, I don't think people will be that much interested in them as time goes by. Human nature being what it is, a lot of the celebrities and hangers-on will start drifting away and attach themselves to others of more importance. So Harry and Meghan's dreams of more money, public support for their charities may not turn out as they wish.
    I don't think this has been thought through carefully. They will need a lot of private money if they want to truly distance themselves from Buckingham Palace.
    And, if it turns out, that they intentionally bypassed the Queen, that will not go down well with the Commonwealth countries and the public, in general. I think they are sincere in wanting to continue to help the Queen, but the way this was handled was not the way to do it. I sense there is bitterness, sadness and confusion on their parts. However, this is the time for people to throw some support to them and help them find a more reasonable pathway. As I said, I truly wish them happiness.

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    1. @Joann The Queens cousins who are like 50th in line are still full time Royals. Williams kids are babies, it will be another 25 years before they start work. Harry being William's only sibling needed to support his brother during this time.
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    2. I totally agree especially about the celebrities and hangers-on. I have said this before that at some point interest in them will wane. The further they get from the Royal family, the less attention they will draw.

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    3. As an Australian;and as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth is The Queen of Australia;with her strength and stability.Prince Charles as Head of the Commonwealth who will oneday be the King. Prince William and his family are heirs in line to the throne.God Save The Queen.

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  17. "The decision is quite understandable" : No it isn't. Because if you want to quit your job completely, then you can decide it alone and quit. But if you want to have the company's money and your are picky about your duties, well you cannot decide about it alone. Very simple.

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  18. ?that is the reason why there was no photo on the table anymore

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    1. That is not true at all. The reason their photo was not there is because the theme was "past, current and future the monarchs".

      The Duke and Duchess of Sussex could not appear as Prince Harry will not one day be king. And as a married man with his own family and a dukedom, he cannot appear under the Prince of Wales' family.

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  19. Bravooo.Well said.

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  21. Jetzt hat sie's also wirklich geschafft, die königliche Familie ins Chaos zu stürzen. Unglaublich.

    Inhaltlich ist diese Entscheidung nachvollziehbar und verständlich; die Art und Weise, wie sie kommuniziert wurde, ist ebenso eine mittlere Katastrophe, wie die Folgen, die sich daraus nun wohl ergeben werden - der junge Mann, der bis heute unter dem Tod seiner Mutter leidet, hat nun erfolgreich den Rest der Familie gegen sich aufgebracht - und irgendwie habe ich da vor meinem Inneren Auge eine Ehefrau, der es gar nicht soooo unrecht ist, wenn sie ihren Mann weder mit der Öffentlichkeit noch mit der ganzen buckligen Verwandtschaft teilen muß.....

    Armer Harry, ganz egal, wie das nun weitergeht, es dürfte die zweite große Zäsur in seinem Leben werden.
    Vielleicht doch gar nicht so schlecht, daß die Queen das Sorgerecht für den kleinen Archie hat.

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    1. Ein Junge der seine geliebte mum auf so tragische Weise verloren hat ist natürlich nicht gerade gefestigt für sein Leben danach und diese Frau hat das ausgenützt : Berechnend

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  22. They show little respect for the monarchy as its organized today. If they did, they would screen their press interaction before hand. They don't seem to realize their actions affect the RF as a whole. I like them both, but honestly, they should move on completely. As for being independent financially, Harry already is. He received millions from his mother.

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    1. While he certainly could choose to be financially independent, as long as he continues to receive money from his father (aka British people) he is not independent.

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    2. @Anon10:54: He doesn't need his fathers money if his father decides to stop giving him any. He has between 20 and 40 million already inherited from his mother and great grandmother.
      Anon 9:13

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    3. Then why in their statement of “financial independence” did they not refuse Duchy if Cornwall $$$ and still expect taxpayer funded security and Frogmore Cottage- such independence (eye roll)

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  23. To Harry I say "Be careful what you wish for".

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  24. After a tax payer funded wedding and an tax payer funded renovation of their future home and a tax payer funded salary for their duties H and M show their true faces towards the british people. So, strip them off their beautiful, now trademarked title and any other perks they have as members of the RF and let them life their commoners live. Maybe they will find the time and refund at least the expenditures for the renovation of Frogmore House. Scarlet Witch

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    1. Agree. The way they handled this shows disrespect to HM, the reason for their ability to live a priviledged life.

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  25. I fully respect their decision to leave. But, they have to make a clean break, and it cannot be on their terms ! They cannot pick and choose in which way they will support the Queen. I wondered if their attempt at saying they wanted to keep a toe in the royal pool, was their way of keeping the titles, and funding including the PPO. The Queen will not allow the royal titles to be used as merchandising. Maybe it'll be a case of not having the HRH, but just the dukedom title. Either way, I think they have shown very little respect for HM and the rest of the RF ! Bel

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    1. Very much agree with you. For some reason, I suspect Meghan is behind this. Don't see Harry disrespecting HM like this.

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  26. Qui peut croire un seul instant que cela n'a pas été discuté avec la reine. Meme si je ne suis pas une lumière, je n'y crois pas un seul instant. Je pense tout ceci à été discuté avant leur départ pour le break aux USA et au Canada.Et une réponse aurait été apportée à leurs doléances. Le communiqué des Sussexes parle de plusieurs mois de réflexion, autrement dit la Reine, Charles et William étaient informés. Mais peut-être se sont - ils dit après leur break, des vacances et du repos, ils rentreront dans des bonnes discussions. Ils ont cru sûrement un coup de bluff, car le gâteau est trop beau. Et Harry et Meghan ne partiraient pas. A leur retour, rien n'était conclu ni décidé par La Reine et Charles. C'est comme ça je le vois. Meghan et Harry les ont mis devant le fait accompli. La reine et Charles sonnés et obligés de rattraper le coup avec un communiqué officiel qui dit les choses sont compliquées qu'il n'y paraît. Ce qui pour moi montre qu'ils étaient bien au courant!!! Arrêtons de falsifier les faits. La Reine avec sa photo des 3 héritiers montre bien que la famille royale se resserre autour de Charles et de ses 3 enfants. C'est un signal envoyé aux autres membres. Alors où est le problème ! Kate et William sont là !. Ce sont eux qui vont prendre la relève ! Harry reste un Prince de sang. Je suis ravie pour eux..Si Meghan reprend son rôle dans suits, pourquoi pas. C'est un travail comme un autre...Franchement qu'ils partent et reviennent en Angleterre que pour certains engagements...Et tout le monde s'en portera mieux

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    1. Lady de Seine Je ne vois pas tout à fait la cohérence entre vos 2 messages; Mais pour moi la photo indique que la Reine était au courant et donc aussi Charles, et avait fixé son attitude. Donc il ne faut d'hypocrisie et croire qu'elle ne savait pas.
      Rose 8:17 Je partage votre avis " Megh ne fait pas preuve de respect au coeur de cette institution millénaire, il était évident qu'elle mène sa barque et celle de son époux comme elle l'entend" Son droit??

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    2. Maybe you should stop falsifying facts - the Prince of Wales was informed 10 minutes before they posted their announcement. They were advised by their communications person not to post it without further discussion with the RF - they ignored her, as they ignored her when they were told not to moan about their hard lives in the middle of a successful tour of SA.

      They have also made it quite clear they still expect the Beitish taxpayer to support them.

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  27. Bon est ce une surprise? Pas franchement. Cette jeune femme refuse obstinément depuis le départ de jouer le jeu et de faire preuve de respect au coeur de cette institution millénaire, il était évident qu'elle mène sa barque et celle de son époux comme elle l'entend, cela devait donc se terminer ainsi. Ils seront beaucoup moins embarrassants pour la couronne c'est déjà ça de gagné, même si cette décision incongrue marque le pas du peu de sens de l'engagement qui est le leur. Bien triste.

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  28. Let’s discuss this rationally. They will continue to undertake royal functions just not on a full time basis. Only the crown prince or princess, the one inheriting the throne works full time. Crown prince Frederick works full time but not his brother, prince Joachim. In Luxembourg, the hereditary duke works full time for the crown, but his wife, the hereditary duchess has an extremely light schedule with barely any patronages. Prince Felix rarely participates in royal functions. The same for Sweden, Spain, Belgium, Norway and all the other royal families.

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    1. I think you miss a big aspect- the British royals support the monarch and this is not just about showing up to certain events there is a whole very serious structure/business/PR part of this. All that is done is in line with that fact- reputation, connections, finances, the country, etc. The royal brand is the monarch - it is not a bunch of planets orbiting a sun that each use the royal brand however they choose. Look at the pushback Charles has gotten when he encroaches into politics- there is a very serious reason d’être for that line. This is even more true if you are to be the Queen’s rep with the Commonwealth- there is only one monarch at a time in the firm. Their release is about putting down some vague idea “senior royal” and giving up nothing of merit - money, title, privilege, etc. and demanding additional power to which royals are not entitled- controlling the press, dictating to the palace, deciding which policies & priorities they deem worthy.
      They really need to go.
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    2. In the Netherlands the second son , Prince Constantijn, has an ordinary job to own money as has his wife!

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    3. I agree with you.
      Sooner ou later, this would happen with them, they would need to step down as it just happen in Sweden.
      The most important royals are the reigning King or Queen and spouse, the Crown Prince ou Princess and their family, if the children are minor.

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    4. Apples and “oranges” :) Anon 11:21 PM

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    5. None of the princes from Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, etc tried to trademark their title and exploit them for commercial gain. The exception is a Spanish 'prince' who tried to profit from his royal status (the Infanta's husband), and he ended up in jail.

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    6. Yes other Royal Families have members who have full time jobs and limited participation in royal functions. I think where this situation gets dicey is the trademarking of the Sussex Royal. This implies they intend to sell items with the trademark. Similar to when Princess Martha Louise was using her princess title to promote her events this summer. I can’t see the Royal Family allowing this to happen and question the need if they are getting funding from the Duchy of Cornwall.
      I question the handling of this announcement. To make a major announcement like this via Instagram is in poor taste. Having the Queen and either William or Charles there for a pre- taped announcement would have presented a united front and smooth some feathers. Also could they have waited a few months for the scandal surrounding the D of York to die down?
      That being said I hope they find the peace, happiness, sense of purpose and fulfillment that they are seeking.
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  29. Esta decisión no fue tan sorpresiva, a mi parecer, esto debió de estar planificado desde antes de su viaje a Canadá, y con cierta aprobación de los seniors royals. Como dice un comunicado esto tomará un tiempo en resolverse, y que las dos partes queden conformes. Suerte a ambos.

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  30. Good luck - they aren't in direct line, they weren't happy, do what makes you happy. But why should I as a British taxpayer still fund their security detail (especially when they are living abroad)?

    They were extremely disrespectful to the Queen and Prince Charles in the way they announced it. Totally unnecessary- I thought the beef was with the press. The Queen and Prince Charles have bent over backwards for these two - look at the thanks.

    I liked them a lot as a couple and I have regularly been disgusted at the levels of discourse, full of hidden and not so hidden racism, snobbery and anti-Americanism. I believe in a lot of the causes they espouse and I hope this step helps them achieve what they want, I really do.

    But the way they have done this just strikes me as petulant and nasty - it leaves an unpleasant taste.

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    1. None of us and no journalists either really knows what they have done and talk inside the royal house - all the stories we are reading from the papers now are just are just guesses. -Siri

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    2. No, they are more than just guesses. And I know quite a lot from what they say themselves in their announcement - what they say they want is not properly thought out.

      Buckingham Palace confirmed that they had little to no warning.

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    3. Agree, Franny. I'm still puzzled. Which is why I'm reading the comments now and try to make up an opinion ;-)

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  31. It is not a bad thing, that they want to lead their own life. The British monarchy is very old fashioned. This can be a start to modernisation.
    Will the paparazzi let them be?

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    1. Then they need to totally lead their own life and stop taking any money from the taxpaying British people.

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  32. She did it to her own family, now she has ruined Harry's relationship with his family....hope MM is happy! I hate to say it, but so many people were right all alone. Even her sister, Samantha. So,so sad. Amy R

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    1. I agree Amy. There was so much support for her on this blog in the beginning! We all wanted her to do well and prove her family wrong. It seems like they know her best!
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  33. I have no opinion on their choices - frankly I would not want to swap with them - but I hope they do not have a false image of what this new future can be. Security? Paparazzi? I remember Harry's mum stepping away from the core royal family and she was hunted as never before! Let us be real: when you are doing royal tasks your movements are predictable, covered and well prepared. Once you are on your own that is when you become interesting for the press because your every move turns into a scoop. And earning a living? Fine, but it will clash with the reputation of the royal family. More problems ahead. rapunzel

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    1. Can't agree more. They will be hunted even more. There is no way to get it right. A clear break is just not possible.It looks like there is nobody in the family who supports them 100%, not even the Queen who put their photo away.

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    2. well said Rapunzel. The world is a small place. The same paparazzi and newspapers you are raning away from are international also based in Canada.
      paying for secruity will be a had task

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    3. Well said Rapunzel. I think this decision wasn't easy to make, but the solution might be even more difficult.

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  34. May God protect them all! My thought goes to Chelsy Yvonne Davy. I always think Prince Harry never really coped with this separation. Perhaps his ambition is to show silently what he would have done for her. My thoughts are with the queen and her prince consort! I wish the Sussex a super happy life! I'm happy about more perfect clothes and happy faces in this beautiful fashion blog. Even without Madame Sussex. -Dorothe-

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    1. One of Prince Harry´s character traids can be impatience, but what is underlining his character is the following, which is based on his commitment for the Queen, for invictus, for A&O as an intelligent, serious man.
      How did you come to this thing with Chelsy Davy? Aar

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  35. We just have to read the comment above to understand why they want another life. Harry is not the future King so he can do and live the life he wants for him self and his family. Have respect for the choice they have made. Are people really so stupid that they think they would accept the net hate from common people and all the lies and all the crap the press have given these to with out consequences? Well here is the answer. Deal with it. You wanted it and you got it.

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  36. I don't think anyone should rely on what the press has to say about who knew what and when, and I hope they get support to continue their public work. Prince Harry's genuine empathy for people shines through - his dedication to setting up and supporting the Invictus Games has made a genuine difference to veterans and their families. And he did actually serve his country - not just wear medals on his chest. His interactions with children are heart-warming. Meghan seems like a warm, approachable person in these public events too. If you look at photos of events she has done in her royal role, people around her are genuinely responding to her. I truly hope 'The Firm' finds a way to accommodate them not cut them out. The comparisons some press are making with Edward VIII are ridiculous - he was actually the King. He was also a traitor to his country, and it was the 1930s. To me Harry and Meghan reflect the times of a slimmed down monarchy, and good on them for recognising that. - Elle

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    1. Here, here!
      I agree 100% with you and my thoughts have always been exactly as you've said. No one really knows just what happened when, and barring some slips in timing between all parties, I doubt things were as damning and surprising as they're made out to be. That kind of dramatical speculation only sells news, ads and airtime.
      For them to have mentioned 'moving to become financially independent' is a sure sign of contemplation with some very senior advice from the British Royal Family (BRF) much before this announcement.
      I totally agree that both H and M have qualities and genuine people skills to reach out to ordinary people (they are extremely down-to-earth people in many ways like Diana), and that would be a huge benefit to the BRF - qualities that to me are deficient in W and C - and it would be to the BRF's disadvantage to cut off ties with them.
      And finally, I see this move exactly as a redefinition of modern monarchies in the 21st Century, and good on H and M for being proactive and taking charge of their future now. I'm sure the 6 week break involved many discussions between them and the senior members of the RF, their advisors, protocol officers, lawyers and accountants leading to this. Agree that drawing comparisons to Edward and Wallace Simpson are both laughable and ridiculous and for exactly the reasons you mention.
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    2. Anon 9:13, finally a voice of reason.I can't believe the comments on this thread, everybody has a theory, conspiracy, judgement and oh the righteousness!! There is very little information and much speculation. People wanted this fairy tale of the 4 youngsters always smiling and looking pretty, really! is there any monarchy where this is happening now? Harry has never been confortable with many aspects of the public life, and I am sure that after experiencing the cruel campaign against his wife, he has decided to limit his role. For those screaming about the money that he could be receiving in the future, we don't know as of now that any taxpayer money will be going into their pockets, so before you send them to the stake, make sure that they are actually taking advantage of the people.
      Perhaps this is one of the reasons that they are changing their trajectory, as they are sick and tired of all the miserable, unhappy people judging without knowledge.

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    3. The statement released from Buckingham palace clearly shows they were not prepared for this announcement!
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    4. Well verbalized, Elle. None of us should be criticizing Harry and Meghan until we have walked a mile in their mocassins. I find it incredible that the public is so quick to blame Harry while his older and more spoiled brother tends to get away with anything he wants to do. The public will never know the truth, but I strongly suspect Prince William has been much to blame for any of the problems the Sussexes are suffering, as any other factor. Prince Charles wants a slimmed down monarchy; well now is his chance. Just dissolve the whole thing. If Diana were alive today and being treated fairly by both her husband and the Queen, I doubt this situation would have ever occurred. She would have stood up for her younger child and not allowed him to be pushed aside by the very people who are screaming shock and outrage.

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    5. Good points and I whole-heartedly agree with both of you. You can say what you want about this step away from being prominent members, but intrigue, speculation and cries of outrage sell papers and ads and the whole story has taken on a life of its own. None of us or the media will ever know what was said when inside the British Royal Family. What Happy and Meghan did say is that they want to take a step away from being 'prominent' members of the BRF, but they are not saying they are leaving the family. There is still a role to play at family events, etc. We, btw, saw recent trends along these lines from other royal house, the Swedish, for example, where the King last year clearly stated that Victoria and her family is the inner circle, and Queen Margrethe has also stated that the only grandchild who will receive the apanage (payment) is Christian, the future king, whole other princes and princesses will need to earn their own living. It's part of modernizing the monarchies...where the royals not in close proximity to inheriting the throne carve out a life of their own. Now, do I think that Harry and Meghan behave a bit like spoiled brats, yes, but the media has been extremely hard on them, Meghan in particular, and we see it on this site as well...

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    6. Prince William is not spoiled and I don't know where the evidence for that is. He has a different role, personality and destiny.

      In the UK the feeling is generally good luck to them and fair enough but why have you gone about it in this way? G

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    7. And on what grounds do you strongly suspect Prince William is behind this? Seriously?!! They didn't need any help shooting themselves in the foot...
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    8. It's not totally without knowledge. And some judgement of their actions is to be expected from the taxpayers who support a large part of their very privileged lifestyle. They are (were?) great in so many ways but not perfect. A few tone deaf, seemingly unaware decisions taken recently that I do think deserved pointing out - Harry on a private jet to preach about the environment springs to mind.

      But good luck to them I say - it all seems a bit messy at the moment but hopefully with a bit of time, distance and privacy they can sort out the life that works for their family.

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    9. I watched the Queens former press secretary Dickie Arbiter being interviewed last night by Christianne Ammanpour. He said that while de did not hear it from 'The horses mouth', he did hear it from 'the horses groom' that at the very least, The Prince of Wales knew about this situation well beforehand. There'd obviously been discussion on the subject in the months prior, and he told Harry to spend the 6 week break thinking about it and coming up with a plan for what and how he envisioned his future life to be for himself and his family. It was the announcement that was premature, and therefore a surprise, leaving Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Kensington Palace to scramble for a coordinated response.
      Safe to say I think, that there is always a lot more going on behind the scenes in such matters, and things are not always the way they seem.
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    10. Agree with Virginia Dogwood and some more respectful opinions. Personally I think and probably know as well, that "Wills" is only a human being. Aar

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  37. Can't imagine there is anyone who does not feel sympathy for the Queen who has been treated so disrespectfully but what about Prince Philip. Now in failing health but having supported the Queen so faithfully all these years doing things he didn't like as well as things he did, what must he think of this petulant outburst?

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  38. The Sussex have tradmarked there brand. Short before christmas. So in future they can sell clothing, alcohol, magazines and so on with their name "royal sussex". They do not need to fulfil their royal duties, they can make money with their name and enjoy a lazy life.

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    1. Anybody can call themselves royal anything- it does not connect with the actual royal family. The Queen is in charge of titles conferred or removed. Remove the peer title and all the goodies that go with it (since it is a real Royal title) and then with no connection to the monarch officially they can brand/merch/lobby/activist away however they like.

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    2. I hope this is a joke! Its barely a year! Like who does that. It all seem so planned, marry into the family just to get a title to brand yourself. They should strip them of their titles

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    3. No Joke - you can google it. Today the information is in every britisch newspaper... but they tradmarked it 6 months ago... and if you a look to their new Website it is quite professionell and long time planned....

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    4. Yes, I believe she had a plan all along and it was not to be a lesser royal, supporting The Firm. She always wanted to be the 'star" regardless of who gets hurt or cut off.

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  39. I hope it works out for them. Imagine the headaches Queen, Charles, William are dealing with right now.

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  40. I feel this was a slap in the Queens face. OK then, they want out then stay out. Don't use the Royal Title,just be Harry and Meghan Wales.On an American show is say'd They want the Royal Perks but not the Responsibility.I don"t think Pss Diana would have been very happy with Harry right now.She can't handle the press as the wife of a Prince? does she think it is better in the USA really?. I read somewhere on TRF, that they want their 690ooo.-pounds a year without doing the work? and want to live at Frogmore house,I would say yes but they must PAY rent as it would be in the open Market. A nother article said, so they choose their friends with the best Business and political Credentials,so I assume no bad stuff in the Background?, so the article said the Cloonys Obamas,Oprah, so where does Hillary Clinton fit in there? her newest Bff. Before this announcement there is an interview in the Bunte Magazine # 49 Nov 18 2019. Maybe someone red it? There are a few lines written they really bothered me. They want to mingle with the A Lister's. So let's see, to me an A Lister is Police, Military Firefighters,Mountain and Water Rescuer's, they put their life's on the line on a daily basis for strangers. Or a regular person who pulls someone out of a burning car or house or children who do the same for people they don't even know. Now these people are a class act,not what they understand under A Lister's I don't like to say anymore about it. If this get's posted thank you.

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  41. I'm not British, but I'm interested in what's happening in Britain. As a history professor and coordinator of the Erasmus international program, I know the history of the United Kingdom very well, perhaps in all modesty better than Duchess Meghan. So - if you're interested in the "outside" view - from Central Europe.

    I think the Sussex couple make a mistake if they act without agreement with her Majesty the Queen, Prince Charles and William. They act more like show business stars than as royal stars. They do not know to face media pressure, though they might take an example from William and Cathrine or from the Wessex family. They lack patience and a willingness to be a "background" to support the queen.
    Another mistake was that they were mentoring the public and taking the role of authority instead of that they should be an inspiration and an example to others. Many people have noticed that Harry and Meghan live in a big luxury (luxury mansions, expensive and long holidays, private plane journeys), and they demand from others the ecological way of traveling, thrift, modesty. Isn't that hypocrisy?
    Finally, the timing of their announcements - as they wanted to steal the show - the announcement of pregnancy at the time of Eugenia's wedding, their appearance on the African journey overshadowed Prince Charles's presentation and William's visit to Pakistan, now damaged the family atmosphere right on Catherine's birthday.
    British royals are often good ambassadors abroad. People in my country always give priority to those members of the royal family who act as true royals. If we want a celebrity star, we prefer a star, such as Beyoncé (at least she sings), not some VIPs who don't even know if they belong to a royal family or show business.

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    1. Good remarks History professor. Meghan's behaviour has become pattern, obviously wants the attention to herself
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    2. Well said, History professor. A clear and rational summing up of the situation.

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    3. Absolutely Correct!!! Well done Mr. History Professor. I like it. I am an American. I haven't liked Meghan from the moment she came on the scene. Just something about her. Specifically, the way Harry changed when he was with her. You could see something like this happening. Diana called them the heir and the spare. She was Lady Diana Spencer before she married. She respected the Queen and the institution. Diana's problem was Charles and their marriage. It was never the monarchy. The firm is the firm. Period. The Queen has made some tough decisions all through her reign. This will be no different and Harry is a future monarch's son. So we will see what happens. Jane

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  42. A couple of actors have just fallen off the stage;quick pull the curtains shut.There is no such brand as brand Sussex;who gave them that title,Her Majesty the Queen. I think they will end up wiping egg off their faces. No title no brand.Tachy. I like Meghan and Harry;but I can't believe how incredulous they are.Are they living in a parrallel universe. Tara

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  43. I certainly understand and respect their right to live as private citizens where they choose. However with this trademark on the Sussex brand, it gives the impression that they plan to make money off goods using this brand which sounds more like a plan to make money instead of help others. Very tacky imho.
    They could have quietly moved to Canada or wherever without making the dramatic splash in the press (that they say they hate) by releasing their statement as well as putting up a website that obviously has taken weeks or months to organize - do look at if if you haven’t . There was no need for this statement from them; indeed, any statement should have come from the Queen and/ or Prince Charles. Their “one foot in and one foot out” smacks of wanting to have your cake and eat it too.
    I think it is very sad; these two are warm, relatable, and add a lot to the Firm. I think they want to make a difference and have a lot of potential for good. But I think that they have overreached by this latest statement, thinking that they can dictate what they will and won’t do as kinda sorta members, but not senior, of the Royal Family. Incredible naïveté!
    I agree that the press has been awful to Meghan - a lot of subtle and not so subtle racist comments, anti-American comments, as well as displeasure with a woman who speaks her mind.
    I hope they will find the happiness they seek but fear that this latest drama will not work the way they’ve planned. This was not a well thought out strategy where everyone who needed to be involved worked to find solutions; it was irresponsible and immature. Who on earth is advising these two?
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  44. I am completely appalled at the way in which the Sussex's have treated Her Majesty the Queen with such total disregard and lack of respect. Her Majesty deserves to be treated much better than this. Their method of delivery/communication informing her of their future plans. The Monarch, who is 93 years of age. I'm sorry but their is no excuses for bad behaviour.

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    1. @Ava well said. And mind you this is a lady who has devoted her life to serving her country and the commonwealth with dignity and class without complaint.

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    2. Yes, your totally correct. Very poor judgement on there part.

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  45. I think what Harry and Meghan is trying to do here is to limit their royal engagements. Being senior royals means full time working for the monarch. All activities will only be related to the monarchy. What they want is to have more of a private life like the Yorks and other royals who earn their own living and not limited to only royal stuff. Give them a life people. Besides Harry is far behind the succession.

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  46. I understand them very well. They are young, active people, who want to do their part in the world. Inside the royal family they will be just another unimportant part of the group, just like Andrew, Edward and the rest. Sweden's king make the decision himself - he removed five of his grandchildren from the royal house. Observers say the move reflects a wider view that there is no need to pay so many members of the royal family for official duties. And everybody was happy. So what's the problem here. -Siri

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    1. The problem is the way they have done it. G

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  47. Wow, so many comments to read through. All of this just makes me sad. I'm an American but I feel like I've lost my prince. I've also been very supportive of Meghan but I think she may have had some relationship issues with William and Kate. I really hoped they could all work together. This separation will just cause even more of a press frenzy wherever they go. Carrie

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  48. It’s not their wish to lead another life that I donot understand, but it is the way they do it: no decency here, playing it via the media and now M going back to Canada and THEIR child, So setting the pressure on Harry: it’s not chic.

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  49. I reserve judgement on these two. I think there is alot we don't know and may never know. They were clearly unhappy or felt they couldn't go on as Royals. They were definitely hounded as Royals with aĺl the hate and nastiness toward them. I have never understood the relentless exposure and media coverage, thinking of the Australian tour as example for a sixth in line. We where bombarded with coverage of their every move.

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    1. How and by whom have they been hounded? Certainly not by the Royal Family who bent over backwards to give the everything they wanted, included them in every family affair and lauded each and every one of their endeavors.

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    2. Maybe hounded not the best word but relentless criticism and even after the very telling interview after the African tour they where clearly broken, still came the barrage of mean hatefull comments from media and the like. Here they where trying to express their feelings almost pleading for it to stop. Royal Family should have seen the signs then.

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    3. I think that was another problem, their African tour. Notice how "their feelings" overshadowed whatever it was that they were hoping to shine a light on in South Africa. They could have waited a few weeks after their visit and then make a documentary about how they feel.

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  50. No one knows what is going on in their lives there could be significant mental health or anxiety issues. Not everyone can handle such a public life even those born into it. To make such a big decision there must be alot more going on. The level of hate and criticism and picking on and bullish behaviour aimed at them has been wrong in every way. You only get one go at life be happy and raise your son the way you want.

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    1. yes, raise your son the way you want and on your own money, not the British taxpayers.

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  51. What a sad story and how unfair to only blame Harry and Meghan for this situation. This is far away from a win win situation. fabiana

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  52. it is always the case that no-one ever knows he full story apart from the participants. However, in this case, the details issued by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex directly as well as the definite knowledge that little if any warning was given to the other royals, the fact that they were advised not to put information out until further discussions had been held, all make it very difficult not to apportion the blame. The story today that palace courtiers were reluctant to have Prince Harry meet the Queen on his own in case he sweet talked her into talking his side against his father is very sad. I also wonder if today Thomas Markle is trying to get a message to Prince Harry saying "Sorry son.. I did try to warn you!"

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  53. Meghan and Harry from know on....that will not suit her at all.Her acting will never become great,cause she was never good at it,and Harry...such a nice man but what kind a job is he thinking will pay him in that kind of money he is used to?
    He will always needs his fathers wallet.

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    1. "He will always need his fathers wallet"
      Huh??? Between the inheritances from his mother and his Great Grandmother, he already has between 20 and 40 million at a conservative estimate.
      (In any case, I don't think his father will ever cut him out of everything, and neither will his grandmother. They know and understand, despite what the media likes to say.)
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    2. Andrew Anne et Edward ont toujours besoin du portefeuille de leur mère mais ça ne gêne personne..Et pourquoi Harry n'aura pas besoin du portefeuille de son père! Voilà la manipulation ! Deux poids et deux mesures. Partout en Europe, on restreint les monarchies. En grande Bretagne on l'elargit jusqu'au 16 eme où 30 eme en lignée de succession.

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  54. Henry hat einen kapitalen Fehler begangen - war wohl von Anfang an ziemlich klar !! Diana hätte das alles sicher nicht gefallen

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  55. Well, in Uk it is all the talk...hmmm what to say. My husband thinks it is getting ‘way too much air time’ (meaning he’s bored with it and it is nit the most important thing that we should be spending so much important time worry about). I am American recently became Uk citizen, which I think Meghan was also going through. She will not be able to do that anymore (strict rules about time out of country, etc.). I think they are a bit naive, and want their cake n eat it too, but many people wish them happy lives. Also ‘the Wallace Story’ has come up again... will they live lives like them. The whole thing of them making money on their Royal status will not go down well, and their security is an issue living abroad. Yes, several if the other European royals live in London, and US (Swedish princess). It is not easy when you are mixed cultural couple, I speak from experience, but it is also a joy and a privilege. I hope they make amends with family and be respectful, because family is nothing to take for granted. Nor is status and position. I wish them well, but do not want to fund them (UK taxes).

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  56. @Mina
    It will be a bad awakening. Harry has been always supported by his family. That allowed him his escapades. He was ultimately excused too much. Prince charming… may be but he never grew up.

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  57. They have register a company MWX Trading Ltd last year. Hmm

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    1. Because they want to make money! Quite simple.

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  58. I wish them the best of life in this new chapter in their lives.

    I wish they could have waited abit. It takes time to win back public support and re-build personal relationships - had they waited it our a few years I feel they would have one back all that and more. Now we will never know as they have decided this move. Although it seems they have thought it through I still feel that the decision, coming from a place of hurt, was too rushed.

    I was really looking forward to seeing the "fab four" during Prince Charles' rein.

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  59. Voilà ce qui arrive quand vous n'avez plus votre maman...Si Dianz était encore de ce monde, personne n'aurait nourri cette pseudo haine entre les deux frères. La reine protège des vieux enfants. Quand Charles a fait des grosses bêtises avec son divorce, bah voyons ce sont toujours les membres de la famille royale qui ont raison. Chzrles a été protégé par sa mère, la reine. Nous le voyons avec Andtew. Buckingham palace a fait un communiqué pour protéger Andrew, qui s'est coulé lui-même dans cette maudite UV.. Et vous pensez george, charlotte Louis auront de tels problèmes ! Non maman Kate veillera à ce que ses enfants restent unis...Nous ne connaissons pas les blessures au sein de la famille royale. La princesse Margaret en est devenue une épave. La princesse Diana en est morte...Meme les princes et princesses de sang en ont été pulvérisés. Charles a divorcé, Anne a divorcé, Andrew a divorcé ! Et on présente cette famille comme des saints.
    Je suis abasourdie de voir que les gens croient ce que les médias racontent ou le pseudo entourage de la reine!
    Sinon à- quoi servaient tous les portraits et vidéos de la décennie que la reine a faits avec les 3 héritiers au trône.
    Elle a présenté ce que sera désormais la maison royale windsor.
    Mais pourquoi ne pas assumer?
    Pourquoi ne pas dire tout ceci est en discussion depuis des mois avec les Sussexes. Meghan a mal vécu sa grossesse sûrement et le fait qu'il n y ait aucun communiqué officiel de Buckingham demandant un peu de calme autour de la future maman.
    Never explain never complain! Une blague. Pourquoi Andrew est allé s'expliquer. Pourquoi La reine a fait un communiqué pour rejeter les allégations contre Andrew...Buckingham a fait un communiqué pour nier que kate ne faisait pas du botox. Une blague!
    Et quand Archie est comparé à un chimpanzé, qui s'est levé pour dire sa consternation

    PERSONNE.
    Alors Meghan protège avant tout son fils? Parce que demain on s'en prendra à lui.
    Et Meghan protège son fils, son couple, sa famille sinon elle finira comme Sarah et Diaba avec les amants dans les pattes.
    C'est ce que vous voulez?
    La pauvre reine! Mais une blague. Son mari a 97 ans, il doit sûrement vivre ses dernières années, la pauvre reine préfère s'accrocher au trône ! Elle devait abdiquer et passer du temps auprès de son mari cette femme dont tout le monde couvre de qualités!
    Une blague.
    Personne ne me retournera le cerveau pour des gens avec autant de privilèges.
    Mais affirmer que la Reine n'était pas au courant! C'est la blague de la décennie !
    Et il y a des gens qui marchent!
    Wow mdr

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  60. Comment croire un seul instant que la reine n'était pas informée.. Les 2 héritiers et la reine faisaient traîner les choses. Harry et Meghan auraient attendu 5 ans et on leur aurait toujours dit " attendez nous sommes en discussion " ! Mdr
    Ce sont Charles, William et la reine qui ont poussé les Sussexes à bout, des vrais vicieux qui font semblant de n'avoir jamais été au courant!
    Et à votre avis quand le premier ministre canadien tweete à propos des Sussexes : Bienvenue au Canada. Le canada est un pays accueillant et les canadiens vous aiment...
    Nous avons tous spéculé ici, pourquoi le premier ministre va tweeeter ceci pour 4 semaines de vacances.
    Mais où étaient les plus futés sur ce site, ceux qui savent tout, n'ont pas compris à travers ces lignes. Simplement le premier ministre était au courant que Les Sussexes devraient vivre une partie de l'année au Canada!
    Et on nous dit wcharles William et la Reine n'étaient pas au courant!
    La famille royale nous distrait avec la forme. Mais ne nous parle pas du fond. Une plaisanterie
    Charles a été mis au courant 10 mn avant la publication du communiqué des Sussexes sur leur IG. Mais Charles est au courant depuis 3 mois et qu'il s'était engagé à trouver une solution avant les fêtes de fin d'année, il ne l'a pas fait, préférant faire des videos avec george préparant du pouding.
    Charles William et la reine ont fui leurs responsabilités : Regler la situation des SUssexes.
    Mais écoutez comme dans une entreprise quand on vous met au placard et malgré vos rendez vous répétés auprès de votre boss, il vous répond toujours votre cas est entrain d'être étudié et cela peut durer plusieurs mois!
    Les plus faibles tombent en dépression.. ou se suicident
    Les plus courageux prennent un avocat, et partent avec un joli chèque !
    Ils ont voulu malmener Meghan..Bravo à elle de ne pas être tombée dans ce piège!
    Meghan est une battante, ne vous inquiétez pas de ses lendemains. Inquiétez vous des vôtres..
    Et même si Meghan et Harry sont entretenus par le Pronce Charles et alors, c'est quoi le problème ! Mais une blague. L'argent sert bien à ça
    La princesse Anne entretient bien son fils et de sa fille. Mais c'est son héritage privé. Andrew entretient Beatrice et Eugenue, ça dérange qui? Non mais vous avez un autre problème avec Meghan et Harry.
    Et sinon Sarah Fergusdon exerce quel travail?
    Elle vit comment ?
    Et la princesse Michael de Kent vit avec quels deniers?
    Allez arrêtez de distraire les gens mdr!
    Retournons commenter les royaux en exercice: Kate et William/ Charles et Camilla/ Felipe et Lettizia/ Victoria et Daniel/ Maxima et son Roi/ Philipoe et Mathilde/ Albett et Charlène/ Haakon et Meete'Maari/ etc je ne sais pas si j'ai bon...Que la pauvre Reine prenne congés et passe du temps auprès de son mari !!!
    Prochain épisode, on verra comment le prochain roi 72 ans deja et sa future épouse 73 ans tiendront la route. Ce sont Kate et William qui feront le tour du monde pour assurer la couronne. Il faut que kate se nourrisse davantage pour ce long périple. Pour l'instant, elle se pavane dans les jardins! 4 pad et puis s'en va!
    On va bien rire quand le rythme sera effréné, laissant les enfants pour des tournées royales...Moteur ça tourne

    Lady de Seine

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      And change your handle from Unknown to Lady de Seine - there is already another poster on here who had it first.

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  61. If allowed, apparently here the results of an opinion poll about Br RF, surprisingly in French, maybe translated.
    http://www.noblesseetroyautes.com/sondages-suite-a-lannonce-des-sussex/

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  62. The more I think about it, they have made the right decision to scale down their royal duties at this time. The media coverage of Meghan was so vile at times it was shocking. Harry has put the health and happiness of his family above all else, and I can’t blame him. As for money, Charles has plenty. If you can’t help your children then what’s the point of it? (V.M.)

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  63. I have never seen so much aggravation and righteousness over a personal decision from people of whom we know nothing about their private lives.
    Even anonymous people claiming to be history professors, and classifying this “press fiasco” directed to consumers of trash/fake news, as something historical. Comparisons with the VIII, who was a king while Europe was in turmoil and Diana’s death was indeed a social changing event, mostly because the crown had to eat crow and reevaluate their public perception. Harry is 6th to the throne, and the only reason they gave him and Meghan such protagonism is because they wanted to create this Camelot image with the fab 4, baby pictures included, but they didn’t practice their due diligence in order to minimize the very cruel attacks. Funny how they say she should learn from Camilla’s stoicism, sorry but how ridiculous you can be..Camilla had no choice, her actions along with Charles were inmoral and very painful, and eventually destroyed a family.
    I will miss seeing this young couple mingling with the commoners and regardless of all the attacks, the duchess has always been a class act. You are going to have to find other victims...
    Magdalena.

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  64. V.M, fully agree. Harry seems to have had a difficult youth,( haters, please don't start telling me how much money he had growing up, that's not the issue) it looks like he has found his center, and he wants protect his wife and son from the cruel coverage and the attacks of strangers that know only the trash they read on dubious publications. Maybe putting some distance is what he thinks is the best chance to have a happy family. It looks to me that the Crown hasn't been very good at debunking some of the obvious libels that have circulated.
    I saw these two always smiling, engaged, and committed to their duties, and yet the people wanted a piece of their privacy. I always found their sharing correct and appropriate and commended the fact that didn't use those baby pictures to get coverage, I always found Meghan to be dignified under fire, and that is regardless of her beliefs, never a bad gesture, never a rude comment.
    I will miss them, and wish them happiness.

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    1. Money is always the issue...and your conclusions are as ignorant as the rest of us. None of us really know what has gone on and what will go in their private lives. When the divorce is announced then we will all know.

      Lady of Scotland

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  65. Looks like BRF will need a lot of Maalox stock up at the palace. Because this bombshell is the beginning and not the end of drama.

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