POLLING AWAY – Brits want Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stripped of cash and kicked out of their Windsor home, poll reveals An exclusive YouGov poll for The Sun on Sunday reveals an overwhelming 46 per cent of support the idea of them “stepping back” from their duties and are in favour of a slimmed-down royal family.
But a similar number fear they probably won’t be able to become self-sufficient – and about six in ten have little or no sympathy for them.
A whopping 81 per cent of people say they should not receive a penny of public money once they end their royal duties and move to North America.
Statement on discussions with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Published 8 January 2020
Discussions with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage. We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through.
A statement from Her Majesty The Queen, Published 13 January 2020
Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family.
My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family. Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.
Harry and Meghan have made clear that they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives.
It has therefore been agreed that there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the UK.
These are complex matters for my family to resolve, and there is some more work to be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days.
Change.org Petition: Stop UK funding and remove all titles including ‘HRH’ for Meghan Markle & Prince Harry
What Happened When King Edward VIII Quit the Royal Family?
The circumstances surrounding Prince Harry and King Edward VIII’s royal status decisions were different. Harry switched to part time. Edward abdicated altogether. But the comparisons? They were swift, and inevitable: Both engulfed the monarchy in turmoil. Both sent the media into a tailspin. Both involved beautiful American divorcées. And both seemed unfathomable: quitting the royal family, a blood relation so thick and businesslike it’s often called “The Firm.” A headline in the U.K.’s The Telegraph read: “As Harry and Meghan reject ‘senior’ royal life, the only comparison is with Edward and Wallis Simpson.”
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