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Old 01-08-2020, 02:15 PM
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This seems very odd.... what do they mean by financially independent?

Well they both have money, but I assume they mean they will not be receiving funding for at least some of their work related expenses.


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Old 01-08-2020, 02:15 PM
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Live on his personal money left to him and her own money presumably. Heck, He can get a job if need be! Plenty of minor Royals and Royal relations have them.

But if they happen to seriously think they can sustain their current lifestyle indefinitely on private money they may be in for shock. And for sure using Royal connections for projects, philanthropy and charity should stop.
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:16 PM
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This announcement comes as a shock. Looks like Meghan is having her cake and eating it too.
Wonder what they’ll do to be financially independent.
If they use their HRH and titles to be financially independent, defeats the purpose.
I’d like them go the Norwegian route and loose the HRH atleast.

It’s sad that Harry is so smitten that he’s forgotten the heritage he is born into.
And if this marriage doesn’t last (like I think), he’ll have nowhere to go.
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:16 PM
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Their own little royal reporter has some insight into how Meghan and Henry plan to work with the press and media in 2020;


https://twitter.com/scobie/status/12...583511552?s=21
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:17 PM
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Quite - 'application' and hard work are clearly anathema to the 'Duchess' - i'm delighted , and millions of Brits will feel the same this evening..

I hope they will be renouncing their Titles, and starting their new life as Mr & Mrs. Mountbatten-Windsor
Don't you think that's going a bit far. Let's just see what happens before giving up on them completely. The statement doesn't say they will stop working for the Crown. And even if they do, if this works better for them, so what? There are enough royals in the Netherlands who work privately while still doing some charity work for the DRF.
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:18 PM
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I’m happy for them. This is clearly what they wanted, and I’m happy they’ll be free from the press strain.
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:18 PM
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His father and grand mother must be disappointed in the prince for giving up his duties on a whim.

He has no education, no work experience, no preparation at all for a proper carreer. How on earth is he supposed to become ‘financially independent’? The only route I see is to cash in on his title.
I’m sure they’re indeed very disappointed, but I have to say I don’t think that this is all on a whim. I think it’s something that they have probably been considering for quite a while. I know that Harry had talked about “leaving it all behind” before he even met Meghan, but I think that if he was with anyone else, he never would have given it up. I think that she’s the driving force to him saying “ok, we’re out.” I think that she doesn’t have a support system in the UK and wants to be back with her friends and mother in North America, and I’ve never gotten the sense that she likes living in the UK all.
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:19 PM
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Quite - 'application' and hard work are clearly anathema to the 'Duchess' - i'm delighted , and millions of Brits will feel the same this evening..
I'm disappointed and troubled by their decision - as I suspect the Queen is - but I don't think your assessment of the Duchess of Sussex is accurate.

She's clearly a very hard worker who IMO is tired of the constant criticism - some fair and some unfair - and so is her husband.

In fact, I think she would have had an easier time adjusting if she had done less and slowly eased into her new role.
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:19 PM
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This announcement comes as a shock. Looks like Meghan is having her cake and eating it too.
Wonder what they’ll do to be financially independent.
If they use their HRH and titles to be financially independent, defeats the purpose.
I’d like them go the Norwegian route and loose the HRH atleast.

It’s sad that Harry is so smitten that he’s forgotten the heritage he is born into.
And if this marriage doesn’t last (like I think), he’ll have nowhere to go.
Both of them have quite a bit of personal money on their own, so I’m sure they will be able to live perfectly comfortably.
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:19 PM
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I'm not that shocked ,there have been signals such as the break in Mid November to early January and the given the sheer viciousness of the media and online warriors towards Meghan I'm surprised it hasn't happened sooner.
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:21 PM
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It’s interesting that the people who have been complaining about them for months, who have said they aren’t worthy of their royal status, are now criticizing them for stepping back and not being “dedicated enough”. They can’t ever win, and that is why this is the right move for them. I wish them the best.
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:21 PM
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And I would be extremely surprised if this wasn't talked through with other senior members of the BRF.
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:21 PM
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Wow. Interesting mix of pr and legalese in that statement. I really don't know what to think but my gut is saying "not good" and I'm not quite sure why at this point.
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:24 PM
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Really hope they don’t make money by using there title like the Duchess of York.
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:27 PM
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What will happen to his organisation Sentebale and the Invictus Games? Will he quit his work there or will he continue his work?
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:27 PM
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Their own little royal reporter has some insight into how Meghan and Henry plan to work with the press and media in 2020;


https://twitter.com/scobie/status/12...583511552?s=21
Its nothing special to him, its literally from their website.
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:27 PM
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Wow, that is quite a step to take.
I wish them well.
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:28 PM
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"After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty the Queen...

We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support."
https://www.zerohedge.com/political/...-senior-royals


What? So, they want to continue to "support the Queen" and "continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties" but be independent?

Sorry, sounds half baked to me!

More like: We want to live off out titles... A new Märtha Luise of Norway thingy incoming...
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:30 PM
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I’m not shocked at all. This has been a while coming. I wonder if they’ll be in Canada or the US, and I’m assuming that’s where they’ll be raising their children and sending them to school. I do think it’s a shame how separated they’ve become from the rest of the RF.

What I’m wondering is what the family will look like without Harry and Meghan being senior royals once the throne passes to Charles, and before William and Kate’s children are old enough to play a role. Will Anne, and Edward and Sophie, need to keep up their major supporting roles? Will Beatrice and Eugenie or Edward’s children need to step up?
I may be way off base here but I'm going to state my gut reaction. First off, I took the "financially independent" part to mean that their royal foundation will not be dependent on the Sovereign Grant but its own entity that will be the hub for all of Harry and Meghan's philanthropic work. Perhaps this is all in accord with plans going into the future with Charles' reign and the proverbial rumor that's floated around for years that the slimming down of the monarchy is in the works. I don't see this changing the incentives and the work they've already committed to but rather, it'll be separate from the "Firm". Kind of like a company that splits into two different entities that still collaborate and work together towards a common goal with the "Firm" as the parent company and the Sussex Royal Foundation as a subsidiary company but financially independent.

I also don't see the Sussex family moving away either. Actually, I don't think much *will* change except that the financing and office and staff will be independent from the "Firm". The statement says that they're collaborating with the Queen and Charles and William so this makes me think that they're all working on this move and its not the awful, disappointing thing that it seems to be right now.

Then again, I could be very, very wrong. It happens more often than not.
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If that makes them happy, so be it.

The more, shall we say, political stand and involvement of Sussex'es would again and again collide with the main interests of the BRF as a whole. Which is to be a neutral as possible in most areas and be a focal point, rather than a debating issue.
Now they are free to pursue their own happiness, but also become more and more directly involved in the issues near and dear to them - but in their own right.
And they can do it from whatever base, they prefer. So perhaps they will settle more or less permanently in USA?
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