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Old 01-18-2020, 03:34 PM
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IMHO, they should be allowed to step up. Their parents' mistakes are not theirs - it would be unfair to exclude them from consideration on this basis.

And let's face it - the BRF kinda needs them. It has now lost three senior members in as many months, will continue to lose more through aging, and won't be able to put the next generation to use for at least twenty years.
I agree with this. They aren't their father. In fact they are victims in this.

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This "new model", no use of HRHs, doesn't take effect until Spring 2020 when the period of transition is over. Until Spring 2020, literally nothing is changing.



You'll have to clarify what you mean, but considering the engagements that Henry and Meghan did last year, and the fact they're keeping their patronages for themselves (until we here otherwise) there's not a lot to pick up.
Well they should all be retired apart from Sophie, Edward, Kate and William. And there is no one to replace the ones post retirement age who will eventually stop working...unfortunately through either ill health or death. You can't have four working royal in 15 years. Or can you?

I think it is inevitable that Beatrice and Eugenie will in any case be more visible now.
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Old 01-18-2020, 03:35 PM
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I am just so horrified that the Queen is having to deal with this at her age and this point in her reign.
It's very sad. I imagine she is probably having a couple of stiff gins and tonic tonight.
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Old 01-18-2020, 03:37 PM
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Wow.........it's a complete break, essentially.
Wow, just heard.....now I await some sort of Sussex brand yoga mat for $19.95 and for an additional $10 I can get a headband..,
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Old 01-18-2020, 03:38 PM
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From ITV's Chris Ship

@chrisshipitv Note how the very first line from the Queen was: “Following many months of conversations and more recent discussions...” I hear there were many different drafts of that line So who was telling the truth last week when the Royal Family claimed to be ‘blindsided’ by the statement?


Yeah... I am sure more questions will be raised soon enough.
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Old 01-18-2020, 03:38 PM
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I think if Meghan had been say, a physical therapist coming into the Royal Family with no public experience, the Queen would have insisted on a slow beginning. But Meghan was older, with the background of a public career and seemed eager to jump in, and I think Harry supported that. So the Queen let them.
I do think real life as a spouse in the BRF was not at all what Meghan envisioned.
She absolutely didn’t like being hampered by protocol and hierarchy.
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I think this is the crux of it. I think she wanted to be able to direct her own activities, to be the author of her role within the RF. She didn't want everything to be subject o BP's approval. She wanted to highlight her causes on her terms, now that she had this huge platform. She found that her role and her causes were secondary. She didn't know or didn't appreciate that the RF as an institution is bigger than that, and she would have to take her place within it.

There's a big generational divide on this. The younger generation in my family see it as Meghan apparently sees it. To them, Meghan should have been able to do whatever she wanted as DoS, and since she couldn't they see no reason for her to stay.
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Old 01-18-2020, 03:38 PM
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Imagine announcing your plan of continuing to support The Queen on your own terms to the entire world in what was clearly a long-planned, well-designed, intricate way, only to have her tell you to leave your titles at the door and go represent yourself a week later.

Either this couple really, truly thought they were so immensely popular and indispensable that they could throw down the gauntlet like this and The Queen would still call on them to represent her on overseas tours, in which case they suffer from delusions of grandeur, or they put their "plan" out to the world knowing it had no chance of coming to fruition, in which case you can fill in your own motives. Either way, good riddance to this once very likable couple.
I think the plan of those two was to announce all of this like it was a done deal to force the Royal Family to agree with it or face a negative public reaction . I mean we're talking about two people who thought it was a good idea to give a rather whiny interview about the hardships of their lives, in Africa after having visited charities who deal with impoverished communities
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Old 01-18-2020, 03:39 PM
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I am just so horrified that the Queen is having to deal with this at her age and this point in her reign.
It’s terribly sad......for everyone. Unfortunately Charles and later William will have to deal with the practical ramifications (they need help), never mind that they are losing their son and brother.

I’m glad at least this didn’t drag out...
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Old 01-18-2020, 03:39 PM
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Oh my goodness!! They are still referring to themselves as "Their Royal Highnesses" when they can't use that anymore? I am assuming that this was published after the agreement was published today, but I hope I am wrong.
No, it mentions HM's statement so it is after it!
They can use HRH when not making moeny, I guess! They did not loose the style!
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Old 01-18-2020, 03:40 PM
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Does anyone know the authoritative source for the idea it will be revisited in a year. I can only see the reference on twitter but nothing official. Thank you
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Old 01-18-2020, 03:40 PM
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I think outside of the royal watching bubble most people don’t care what Harry & Meghan are called/considered by the BRF. No one is going to drop Harry & Meghan. They will still bring in contributions due to who they are, not what they are called. They’ve successfully raised money for their patronages. Those patronages would be foolish to cut ties with them.
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Old 01-18-2020, 03:40 PM
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From ITV's Chris Ship

@chrisshipitv Note how the very first line from the Queen was: “Following many months of conversations and more recent discussions...” I hear there were many different drafts of that line So who was telling the truth last week when the Royal Family claimed to be ‘blindsided’ by the statement?


Yeah... I am sure more questions will be raised soon enough.
I don't think there well. They knew. It was the statement that blindsighted them.
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Old 01-18-2020, 03:41 PM
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I’m not sure what to make of this last announcement. I think that part of their allure was being “Royal “. And they may now find that people are less excited to be affiliated with them. Time will tell but this will be a big change for Harry , in the past it was always the non royal spouse having to get used to living and working with the “firm”. Now it will be a Royal who has to make the adjustments. It will be interesting to see how this plays out


Agreed. Being affiliated with a Royal was part of the allure. Which, of course, is one reason they wanted to keep a foot in the family. I’m sure they knew that.

Harry and Meghan are good looking, charismatic people who can work a room. They certainly have name recognition. Harry being Diana’s son is useful at least in the US. But how much weight any of that will carry- or for how long- is debatable. Especially with Meghan imo.
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Old 01-18-2020, 03:41 PM
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Well they should all be retired apart from Sophie, Edward, Kate and William. And there is no one to replace the ones post retirement age who will eventually stop working...unfortunately through either ill health or death. Oh can't have four working royal in 15 years. Or can you?



I think it is inevitable that Beatrice and Eugenie will on any case be more visible now.

Retired by whose standard? If you’re going by the legal age of retirement the current monarch, heir to the throne and heirs wife should also not be working. It doesn’t work like that in the RF I’m afraid.

You can’t force retirement on people who enjoy representing The Queen.

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@chrisshipitv Note how the very first line from the Queen was: “Following many months of conversations and more recent discussions...” I hear there were many different drafts of that line So who was telling the truth last week when the Royal Family claimed to be ‘blindsided’ by the statement?


Yeah... I am sure more questions will be raised soon enough.

Pretty sure nobody from the royal family ever said they were blindsided officially, but it’s nice to see the pot can still be stirred.
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Well, now I think I understand why the staffing at Frogmore changed this week. Am I understanding that Harry and Meghan are required to pay back the cost of refurbishing?
That's going to pinch their house hunting fund in NA, or alternately, reduce the money they get from Charles if he decides to cover it himself and withhold the amount from what he might have given them from his own income.

I think this is a both a wakeup call and a lifeline for Harry and his son.

Meghan, I believe is making her own plans right about now.

Wow.
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Old 01-18-2020, 03:41 PM
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@chrisshipitv Note how the very first line from the Queen was: “Following many months of conversations and more recent discussions...” I hear there were many different drafts of that line So who was telling the truth last week when the Royal Family claimed to be ‘blindsided’ by the statement?


Yeah... I am sure more questions will be raised soon enough.
Well Charles by reports had been discussing this with Harry - and I’m sure the Queen knew it. They were blindsided because HM and Charles had asked Harry to not go public with this until a plan had been worked out.
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Old 01-18-2020, 03:42 PM
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Well they should all be retired apart from Sophie, Edward, Kate and William. And there is no one to replace the ones post retirement age who will eventually stop working...unfortunately through either ill health or death. You can't have four working royal in 15 years. Or can you?

I think it is inevitable that Beatrice and Eugenie will in any case be more visible now.
I do nit think or hope the Yorks will be asked.
Edwards children could be a chance if their parents agreed, but who knows.
I suspect thier upbringing much better than the Yorks.
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Old 01-18-2020, 03:43 PM
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@chrisshipitv Note how the very first line from the Queen was: “Following many months of conversations and more recent discussions...” I hear there were many different drafts of that line So who was telling the truth last week when the Royal Family claimed to be ‘blindsided’ by the statement?


Yeah... I am sure more questions will be raised soon enough.


They were blind sided by the public announcement was my take. Harry and Meghan did that on their own- obviously before anything was worked out. They aren’t stepping back- they are stepping out.

The website had to be an appalling shock - it had no basis in reality. At all.

Which is why they should have shut up. They announced what they wanted and presented it as a done deal. It really is embarrassing.
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Well, now I think I understand why the staffing at Frogmore changed this week. Am I understanding that Harry and Meghan are required to pay back the cost of refurbishing?

Henry and Meghan have elected to pay back the £2.4million that was spent to re-do Frogmore. From then on “they” will pay commercial rent on the property.

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Does anyone know the authoritative source for the idea it will be revisited in a year. I can only see the reference on twitter but nothing official. Thank you


There isn’t one. Other than Emily Andrews in Twitter and a royal correspondent who was on a conference call with the press briefing from Buckingham Palace.
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Old 01-18-2020, 03:44 PM
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There's a big generational divide on this. The younger generation in my family see it as Meghan apparently sees it. To them, Meghan should have been able to do whatever she wanted as DoS, and since she couldn't they see no reason for her to stay.
On a job front. Absolutely. You would.leave without notice. But this isnt a job and I dont think she got that. This is a life of public duty and you come.last in that. Of course there are compensations. Many.

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I do nit think or hope the Yorks will be asked.
Edwards children could be a chance if their parents agreed, but who knows.
I suspect thier upbringing much better than the Yorks.
Whatever you thing of their parents
The York daughters have done very well for themselves. In fact in our house when we see them I reviewed we often say. How did those parents produce those girls.

Louise and James don't have royal titles.
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Old 01-18-2020, 03:47 PM
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Debatable, depending on how you look at Prince Charles paying for them.
He will have to pay for them. Esp if they can't make the income they expected to....
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