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Old 02-21-2020, 09:48 PM
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I think the 12 month review period has been put in place to protect the BRF. It’s not for Harry and Meghan’s benefit and I don’t see it as the door being left open for a partial return to the institutional fold.



The couple’s behaviour had surely been problematic from the point of view of The Royal Family even before Harry and Meghan’s surprise online announcement to everyone, (including The Queen), about how things were going to be going forward. With that announcement, however, they took things to a new level and showed everyone what they were willing to do to get their own way. I’m sure Harry’s family loves him dearly and wants the best for him and his family, especially now that there’s a baby involved, but as professional royals, he and Meghan showed themselves to be completely untrustworthy.



If that untrustworthiness was due to the emotional volatility that sometimes accompanies the sort of mental illness Harry has alluded to in the past then, as one person to another, he has my sincere sympathy and I hope this new set up somehow provides him with a more positive life going forward. But it was becoming very obvious that he and Meghan couldn’t continue the way they were going and remain effective working royals.



Right now it seems that Harry and the BRF and their advisors have come to a gentlemen’s agreement that will only work if everyone adheres to it in both letter and in spirit. I think the next 12 months are meant to be Harry and Meghan’s opportunity to demonstrate their willingness to hold up their end of the bargain so that more formal, and likely more stringent, measures don’t need to be put in place.


You nailed it! This is my view as well!
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Old 02-21-2020, 09:51 PM
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From their latest statement, I am getting the idea that they feel that since they are going to save the world, everyone should just get out of their way and let them do whatever they want.
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Old 02-21-2020, 10:34 PM
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What an astonishing statement. I wasn't expecting that, at all.

I can't imagine what the Sussexes were thinking when they posted that statement; it comes across as petulant and unprofessional, and doesn't in any way make them look sympathetic. It really, really makes me wonder what on earth is going on with them, and who, if anyone, is giving them advice, or if they are listening to any advice at all.
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Old 02-21-2020, 10:51 PM
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or if they are listening to any advice at all.
I suspect your last statement hit the nail on the head. They've made too many foolish decisions that could have easily been avoided.
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Old 02-22-2020, 12:03 AM
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That's the way the ball bounces. At least Harry should have had an idea about how the machinery of his parent's house works. And that his position as the son of the future king could maybe not be compared 1:1 to other members of the family.
My father used to say "first think - then speak".

Good luck to them.
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Old 02-22-2020, 02:54 AM
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They sounded like they were complaining about not being able to earn their own income, which there is “precedence” for, according to them.

It sounds childish, whiny, and unprofessional to me. Have they not learned anything? The decision was made. Just accept it gracefully imo.
Exactly. This is what happens in negotiations. I'd like a higher salary and more annual leave, and I'm sure most other people would do, but we don't whinge and strop because we aren't getting it.
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Old 02-22-2020, 03:18 AM
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I thought that Harry's honorary military titles had now gone to Anne.. They may say they will review things in a year, but I agree that Meghan's behaviour In January suggested she did not want to stay..

What behaviour? Meghan came to the UK and then went back to her son, staying quietly in Canada. Now Harry stays quietly there as well, besides private events where press information is surely unwanted.



Everything else is purely speculation.



Now I speculate on my own: Harry said he could not longer stand the treatment his wife and son received in the Uk. So they gave up their job, took the little boy and live now privately in a remote corner of Canada. I say that because I had a friend who lived in Victoria on Vancouver Island for years and she described it as remote when it came to travel. And they live even further away from the capital with the airport and ferry port.



IMHO the fact that they couldn't trust their staff in the thick of the Royal household-media connections let them decide not to stay quietly at their cottage in Windsor.



IMHO what the RF hops is that they find out that as soon as they open up more to a social life, being it in Canada or the US, will show them that they are hounded there as well as in the Uk, so they might return. After all, they can get "key speaker appointments" in exchange for charity donations as Royals as well.



What I hope is that they find what they are looking for and can live quietly on working as charity ambassadours. Raising their son in peace and harmony.



For I have yet to see that Meghan is so keen on returning to the stage as a celebrated celebrity. We all don't know her. We have ideas about Harry's dreams because he spoke out about them but we don't know what Meghan wants. I followed the British news when she was pregnant and IMHO it was abdominable how she was treated. So for me the getting away from all of that was the real reason why they left their positions and the statement about earning their own money was used against them, when they IMHO just wanted to get away from the papers claiming that they are payed by the public on using that to battle everything they did.



I thin their family knows all this and has allowed them to have their space.


I believe in what they published here about their own situation: https://sussexroyal.com/spring-2020-transition/


And I have faith in the love and understanding of HM and the PoW for their grandson resp. son and his family. So I won't keep reading about the opinions of my right honorable co-members of this forum and just stick to my own positive thoughts about Meghan and Harry.
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Old 02-22-2020, 03:20 AM
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I think that is totally out of question now as no Canadian PM would nominate a GG who is not a Canadian citizen and has a long standing connection to Canada . Even if Harry became a naturalized Canadian, he wouldn’t stand a chance.
Of course it is out of the question, and with the way they are behaving even more so...

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Just a thought, maybe what they referred as "precedent" was William working as Rescue Pilot (after his RAF career). That time technically William was an employee for other institution outside RF (as Rescue Pilot), got paid (which he donated to charity), while still able to work as "part time working royal" where he still perform royal duty and undertake foreign tour.
But of course, in William's case with him working as Rescue Pilot, he still worked for UK (England?) so there's no conflict of interest ensued.
That was completely different. William knew he was going to be a full time royal in a few years but for a time, he was able to take on a job, a public service type job, not a business one.. wehre he donated his salary to charity, and did some part time royal duties and Kate did a small number of royal duties but she was having her family so she wasn't considered a working royal. They want to be "in" and "out" of the RF when it suits them...

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After reading this whole column I haven't heard anyone mention a question I have. That is, does anyone think this all goes back to one item. Harry and Meghan could not decide anything for themselves, They could not decide what to do without permission. They could not decide on income needs or what they wanted to spend their money on. Everything was dictated, I wouldn't expect any modern couple to like not really being independent. As such, I'll just sign off and see what happens in the future. See you in a year. I'm not a fan of all this speculation.
that's the penalty of being a full time royal. if you are doing the royal job, there are restrictions in what you can do. In return you get a lot of wealth, social prestige and freedom to enjoy yourself as you please in down time. If they want to be independent, they need to pay for their own security, their own expenses, not take money from Charles and earn a living.
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Old 02-22-2020, 03:53 AM
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Apparently there is a thing called the 'Paris Convention' The detail of which prevents the use and dissemination of protected symbols, names and logo's Worldwide..

The Ducal Coronet currently shown over their entwined Initials is one such image, and will 'have to go'..
In short they are legally prevented [worldwide] from utilising anything which references their [ex] Royal Status..

https://www.wipo.int/treaties/en/ip/...ary_paris.html
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Old 02-22-2020, 04:10 AM
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Am I the only one who caught the bit about how the Monarchy has no jurisdiction over the word Royal...but the Sussexes will play along and follow orders not to use it? Really? I mean...basically "you can't enforce it if we decide to defy you"...

Yes, this latest communique just screams PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE.

I was never as taken with Harry as other media and Royal watchers, but i never saw him adopting such a defiant borderline disrespectful stance with his father and grandmother. I don't know what is happening with him now.

And I don't see it ending at all well.
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Old 02-22-2020, 04:32 AM
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For persons allegedly 'not fussed' about Titles [see Archie ,'Earl of Dunbarton'] they mention their full titles FOUR times in that short statement !

Clearly we are not to be permitted to forget 'who they ARE'...
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Old 02-22-2020, 05:26 AM
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For persons allegedly 'not fussed' about Titles [see Archie ,'Earl of Dunbarton'] they mention their full titles FOUR times in that short statement !

Clearly we are not to be permitted to forget 'who they ARE'...
I think that "they" wont be nearly as lauded in a year or 2 as they think they will. Even in the US.
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Old 02-22-2020, 05:39 AM
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I'm sitting here still in a state of being perplexed after reading through their recent statement. Three times. I'm not Vulcan but at times I do believe that I think logically and, to me, this recent influx of information is not logical at all.

The statement itself does not seem to serve any real purpose at all. To correct misreporting? To state the facts? To give a tantalizing peek inside something that is still being constructed and still has all the painter's drapes and tapes and remnants of carpentry or otherwise known as a royal mess? Is it to remind us that they're going to be up close and personal again in the UK? Is it the final farewell to the old and in with the new?

Logic tells me that the responsible way to handle a release would be to wait until after all senior royal duties and engagements have been fulfilled and midnight has struck on the clock to denote its April 1st and a good time to crack open the champagne to celebrate the Sussexes brand new life with a brand new "entity" ready to do what they want it to do.

Perhaps they're seeing the Instagram account receiving less hits these days and we need to be reminded that they're still alive and well and gonna roll out the red carpet in a "new and innovative" way? I don't know. It just doesn't feel "right" to me for an unknown reason yet to be determined.

Weird is all I can say. Very weird.
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Old 02-22-2020, 05:45 AM
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Kinda seems that way.

My issue is it sounds like they don’t really respect the decision of HM. The buck stops with her. It sounds disrespectful to me. They’re complaining imo about her decision. And since I’m sure Charles, and likely William, was in agreement with this, it sounds disrespectful to them too imo.

Did anyone tell them that you don’t always get what you want, no matter how fair you think it is?

We have no idea how good or bad Harry and Meghan’s relationships are with the family now, but I find it hard to believe statements like this are helping matters. It’s not accepting, graceful, conciliatory. I mean- they’re the ones that made an announcement without it being approved. And even after all that chaos, they can’t just note the decision without sounding like they’re complaining.
This.


Was it really necessary to say this? It doesn’t matter if this were announced sooner, it’s not relevant. This statement appears to be a dig at the media.

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We had hoped to be allowed to share these details with you sooner (to mitigate any confusion and subsequent misreporting),
Or This, which makes it sound like Harry and Meghan believe they are being treated almost like children, needing a year end review.

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While there is precedent for other titled members of the Royal Family to seek employment outside of the institution, for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, a 12-month review period has been put in place.
Clearly H and M did not write this statement or else it would have sounded much more personal. I firmly believe some PR flunky - who’s terrible at his or her job - wrote it. This is the Sussexes personal website; they need to get a handle on it because whoever’s communicating its the public through this is making H and M sound completely unaware and silly.
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Old 02-22-2020, 06:01 AM
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This.


Was


Clearly H and M did not write this statement or else it would have sounded much more personal. I firmly believe some PR flunky - who’s terrible at his or her job - wrote it. This is the Sussexes personal website; they need to get a handle on it because whoever’s communicating its the public through this is making H and M sound completely unaware and silly.
or could it be that H and M ARE completely unaware and silly?
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Old 02-22-2020, 06:14 AM
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or could it be that H and M ARE completely unaware and silly?
l think they are probably wholly unaware of the shift in Public perception of them since they 'decamped' ?
Who , around them in Canada would be aware of it, or dare tell them even if they knew ?
Their Household/offices here are disbanded, so there is likely no-one keeping them abreast of the VERY evident change in the way Brits see them ?
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Old 02-22-2020, 06:19 AM
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Am I the only one who caught the bit about how the Monarchy has no jurisdiction over the word Royal...but the Sussexes will play along and follow orders not to use it? Really? I mean...basically "you can't enforce it if we decide to defy you"...
The Monarch and the Cabinet do have jurisdiction in the UK, as the Sussex Royal statement acknowledges by using the word "overseas":
"While there is not any jurisdiction by The Monarchy or Cabinet Office over the use of the word ‘Royal’ overseas, [...]"
From the Lord Chamberlain's Office:
"Sections 55 and 1047 of the Companies Act 2006 and Regulation 8 of the Limited Liability Partnerships (Application of Companies Act 2006) Regulations 2009 prohibits companies (including overseas companies) and limited liability partnerships from being registered under a name which includes any of the sensitive words specified in the Company, Limited Liability Partnership and Business Names (Sensitive Words and Expressions) Regulations 2014, unless the approval of the Secretary of State has been obtained. The sensitive words specified in the 2014 Regulations include Royal, Queen, King, Prince or Princess."

"Using Royal names or Royal residences on products, rather than as part of a Company’s name, is illegal if the use of the name suggests the goods have some connection with or are supplied to a Member of the Royal Family. It is only proposed to vary these rules on occasional events of national importance."
It is unclear to me whether the laws are enforceable. No fines or other penalties are mentioned in the listed sections of the Companies Act 2006.
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Old 02-22-2020, 06:35 AM
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^ l refer you to the 'Paris Convention' [dated 1883] , the detail of which prevents the use and dissemination of protected symbols, names and logo's Worldwide..

The Ducal Coronet currently shown over their entwined Initials is one such image, and will 'have to go'..
In short they are legally prevented [worldwide] from utilising anything which references their [ex] Royal Status..

'Each Contracting State must refuse registration and prohibit the use of marks that constitute a reproduction, imitation or translation, liable to create confusion, of a mark used for identical and similar goods and considered by the competent authority of that State to be well known in that State and to already belong to a person entitled to the benefits of the Convention'.

'Each Contracting State must likewise refuse registration and prohibit the use of marks that consist of or contain, without authorization, armorial bearings, State emblems and official signs and hallmarks of Contracting States, provided they have been communicated through the International Bureau of WIPO. The same provisions apply to armorial bearings, flags, other emblems, abbreviations and names of certain intergovernmental organizations'.


https://www.wipo.int/treaties/en/ip/...ary_paris.html
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Old 02-22-2020, 07:01 AM
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or could it be that H and M ARE completely unaware and silly?
When it comes to their public image, yes..especially if Harry assumes that the public’s love and sympathy for him will absolve him for anything. Judging by Twitter, he’d be right. I’ve seen the most vulgar and ugly tweets directed towards the Queen especially (BRF also), with the general thought being that she’s throwing a tantrum in not allowing H and M to have their way.
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Old 02-22-2020, 07:08 AM
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When it comes to their public image, yes..especially if Harry assumes that the public’s love and sympathy for him will absolve him for anything. Judging by Twitter, he’d be right. I’ve seen the most vulgar and ugly tweets directed towards the Queen especially (BRF also), with the general thought being that she’s throwing a tantrum in not allowing H and M to have their way.
Im surprised (but then I don't really go on Twitter..). when I see comments on stories about H&M- the general trend is anti the pair of them.. There are occasional times when people support them or knock the queen/rest of RF for not supporting them.. but usually the comments tend to be hostile to Meghan and to a lesser extent towards Harry. Of course they're not necessarily representative of the population as a whole but they are still much more inclined to be unkind than supportive or admiring of the pair. Usual idea is that M married Harry out of ambition and that she' never intended to stick at the job.. and that he hasn't quite realised how she's been playing him to get him to chuck his royal role... Some see both of them as having never had a real commitment to the job and that they are walking out because they don't want to do it and they want to make money...

If I were harry and read the comments occasionaly, I feel I'd be a little bit worried that there was certainly a set of people who didn't think me a charming chap
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