Prince Harry, Meghan step back as 'senior' Royals

Sunday, 12 Jan, 2020

Larcome claims Prince Harry "remarkably appears to have not even consulted his brother, his father, or the Queen before announcing it".

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex yesterday released a bombshell statement announcing their controversial plans, without consulting any other members of the Royal Family. The couple have just spent six weeks in Canada so are expected to base themselves there for part of the year. "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will continue to use Frogmore Cottage - with the permission of Her Majesty The Queen - as their official residence as they continue to support the Monarchy, and so that their family will always have a place to call home in the United Kingdom", their website reads.

A guard is seen on duty at Buckingham Palace, in London. The palace has had to hide the disgraced prince and remove him from several royal functions-a sacrificial process to stop the public cancelling the entire bunch.

And the monarch's reaction was stronger according to The Daily Mail, which wrote: "Queen's fury as Harry and Meghan say: We quit". They are making the bold choice to change their situation and go against what is expected of them.

It added senior courtiers had warned the couple "will be punished for this".

Victoria explained: "They're hoping it's going to be phased in by the spring. The result, therefore, could have very serious consequences". The term was also adopted by the New York Post, another title owned by Rupert Murdoch - which featured a cover cartoon drawing of the duchess holding a cigarette while Harry cradles a beer in front of a television.

After the Sussexes launched an Instagram assertion saying they'd be stepping once more as senior members of the royal family to become "financially unbiased" and switch to North America, the Queen launched her private message.

"We have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution".

Royal historian Prof Kate Williams told the BBC that it will be "difficult" for the couple to lead "normal" lives, as media interest in them will increase after their "unprecedented" move, while royal commentator Penny Junor said the couple's actions were reminiscent of those of Harry's mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.

Instead the couple will attempt to invite only "specialist", "grassroots", "credible" and "young, up-and-coming" media to events. "And then when you have a newborn, you know..."

Over the festive period, the newspaper stated Charles told his son to come up with a thought-out plan for his wish to spend more time in Canada and America, and when he put forward a draft proposal was told time was needed to consider its implications, particularly funding.

Harry and Meghan said in a question-and-answer section of their new website sussexroyal.com that they are seeking financial independence from the monarchy's funding, known as the "Sovereign Grant".