Buckingham Palace issued a statement on Saturday, January 18, in which it outlines the decisions made by the British royal family after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle decided to lead a life independent of royalty. As a result, the couple will no longer use the title "royal highness" and will no longer receive public money for royal duties.
Sussex, as they are called, will continue to maintain sponsorships and private associations. The note states that, although they can no longer formally represent Queen Elizabeth, they have made it clear that whatever they do will remain to defend Her Majesty's values.
The royal family also said that Meghan and Harry want to reimburse expenses for the renovation of Frogmore Cottage, which will continue to be their family home in the UK.
The Palace does not say whether the couple will remain protected by royalty. "There are well-established independent processes for determining the need for publicly funded security," says the statement.
Queen satisfied with 'Megxit'
Along with the Palace statement, another was issued in the name of Queen Elizabeth, in which she claims to be "satisfied" for having found, along with her family, a "constructive path" for her grandson Harry and his family.
"Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be very beloved members of my family," said the monarch in a note posted on the British royal family's website. The statement was also shared on the official profile of Meghan and Harry on Instagram.
Read the Queen's statement in full below:
"After many months of conversations and more recent discussions, I am pleased that together we have found a constructive and supportive path forward for my grandson and his family. Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be very beloved members of my family.
I recognize the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the past two years and support their desire for a more independent life.
I want to thank them for all the dedicated work throughout this country and I am particularly proud of how quickly Meghan became a member of my family. It is the wish of my whole family that today's agreement allows them to start building a new happy and peaceful life. "(With international agencies).