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Old 02-14-2020, 11:59 AM
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Denville, but the point is that Harry and Meghan were fine with living half the year in the UK. Youíre saying that they really didnít want to live in the UK at all if they didnít have to....but then, if thatís true, why did they even propose a half and half situation unless it was to appease the Queen and Charles?
Truthfully, I suspect that was their proposal because they knew it would look better than simply saying "we're out." Anytime you enter into negotiations about anything you shoot high and understand that you can always work down but you can't go back up. In this case, if you say that you want to work part time and then they tell you "no" you can say "well we tried" and go on about your business as you wanted to in the first place. That's my take on it anyway, especially because Harry would have known or should have known that they weren't going to be allowed to do the half in/half out.
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Old 02-14-2020, 12:00 PM
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In fact, staying at Frogmore would have pretty much ensured that they wouldnít have to deal with an intrusive media.



Denville, but the point is that Harry and Meghan were fine with living half the year in the UK. Youíre saying that they really didnít want to live in the UK at all if they didnít have to....but then, if thatís true, why did they even propose a half and half situation unless it was to appease the Queen and Charles?
It all seems very sad, IMO.

> The half-in half-out arrangement was never going to work, IMO. It has been tried unsuccessfully previously. Representing the Crown one day, and endorsing a brand or making a paid speech are just not compatible, IMO. Worse still, soliciting work on a royal engagement, as it appears Harry did with the Walt Disney executive is just not acceptable.

> What makes this particularly worse is that H&M announced their gramnd plans on 8 January, without having secured agreement of HM. That just results in a PR disaster all around.

> Do H&M intend to spend any time in the UK at all? Personally, I just do not thing we will see Meghan here at all, other than at times absolutely necessary (e.g. family events, funerals and previously committed engagements). I do not believe she has any interest whatsoever in either "The Firm", the British people or Harry's family.
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Old 02-14-2020, 12:02 PM
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As to your last point, thatís absolutely true - and Iím sure the British public would be fine with that if it were confirmed that Charles was doing that through his personal, not Royal, monies.
I'm not sure what the distinction is between personal & royal monies. What is the source of Charles "personal money"? If it's inheritance from the late Queen Mother then she had no money of her own (earned or from the Bowes-Lyons) just what was left to her by her husband. What was the source of that money? It certainly wasn't any sort of earned income.

Charles has money because his immediate ancestors had money. That money came from the public purse/ancient duchies in one form or other. I'm not so sure the British public would therefore be quite so sanguine.
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Old 02-14-2020, 12:10 PM
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I agree 100%. None of this mess is their fault and since most of them are not in the very privileged financial position of Harry and Meghan, they're the ones who will suffer the most through no fault of their own.



I suspect that those who came from the Royal Foundation have been replaced already and even if they haven't, I doubt the door is open for a return. It's hard to return when you decided the grass would be greener on the other side and then got burned. Not exactly the ideal employees for the Royal Foundation when they essentially chose sides and were just unlucky enough for it to play out the way that it did.



I agree. I've said for awhile now that I don't really see him returning even for family events. At first I thought he might come back alone for those things but at this point I'd be surprised if even he comes back for anything. I certainly would be surprised, to say the least, to see them all back for any of those events.
I admit, however, that my negativity comes from my natural born pessimism. Nothing Harry has said or done actually proves he wonít return for such events - of course nothing heís said or done proves he WILL return either, but my point is that my opinion is based on...no information, lol.

What is the Royal Foundation? Thanks !
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Old 02-14-2020, 12:13 PM
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I'm not sure what the distinction is between personal & royal monies. What is the source of Charles "personal money"? If it's inheritance from the late Queen Mother then she had no money of her own (earned or from the Bowes-Lyons) just what was left to her by her husband. What was the source of that money? It certainly wasn't any sort of earned income.

Charles has money because his immediate ancestors had money. That money came from the public purse/ancient duchies in one form or other. I'm not so sure the British public would therefore be quite so sanguine.
The money that goes to Charles from the Duchy of Cornwall is his private income as that is the reason the Duchy of Cornwall was created all those hundreds of years ago in 1337. It is Charles' to do as he pleases with it and it will continue on to earn funds for future Dukes of Cornwall into the future.

In itemization (as we all can do with our income tax forms), Charles' income is divided into groups. Official expenditures such as staff, offices, supporting his family in their work etc are tax deductible. The private expenditures like buying Catherine a bracelet, Camilla a new pearl choker or a work of art and even splurging on a Big Mac are his private spending and he pays income tax on that like all the rest of us do.

If he chooses to still support Harry from his Duchy of Cornwall income, the difference would be that it would be listed under "private expenditures" rather than "official expenditures". Its in the public domain exactly how Charles spends his money.

https://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/ann...ture-and-staff
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Old 02-14-2020, 12:15 PM
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I'm not sure what the distinction is between personal & royal monies. What is the source of Charles "personal money"? If it's inheritance from the late Queen Mother then she had no money of her own (earned or from the Bowes-Lyons) just what was left to her by her husband. What was the source of that money? It certainly wasn't any sort of earned income.

Charles has money because his immediate ancestors had money. That money came from the public purse/ancient duchies in one form or other. I'm not so sure the British public would therefore be quite so sanguine.
Good point. Well in this case, there’s nothing to be done about it. Charles isn’t going to let his youngest son completely leave the nest without any sort of support - though I believe that once Harry is a success (assuming), he will likely withdraw the support.


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Truthfully, I suspect that was their proposal because they knew it would look better than simply saying "we're out." Anytime you enter into negotiations about anything you shoot high and understand that you can always work down but you can't go back up. In this case, if you say that you want to work part time and then they tell you "no" you can say "well we tried" and go on about your business as you wanted to in the first place. That's my take on it anyway, especially because Harry would have known or should have known that they weren't going to be allowed to do the half in/half out.
That’s the truth - good point.

Osipi, thanks for the info!

Muriel, the Disney thing is so un-Royal like and awkward ...
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Old 02-14-2020, 12:32 PM
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What is the Royal Foundation? Thanks !
The Cambridges's Foundation--that was originally William & Harry's Foundation, then added their wives after their marriages (The Royal Foundation of the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke & Duchess of Sussex)-- before the split in two last year.
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Old 02-14-2020, 12:34 PM
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The money that goes to Charles from the Duchy of Cornwall is his private income as that is the reason the Duchy of Cornwall was created all those hundreds of years ago in 1337. It is Charles' to do as he pleases with it and it will continue on to earn funds for future Dukes of Cornwall into the future.

In itemization (as we all can do with our income tax forms), Charles' income is divided into groups. Official expenditures such as staff, offices, supporting his family in their work etc are tax deductible. The private expenditures like buying Catherine a bracelet, Camilla a new pearl choker or a work of art and even splurging on a Big Mac are his private spending and he pays income tax on that like all the rest of us do.

If he chooses to still support Harry from his Duchy of Cornwall income, the difference would be that it would be listed under "private expenditures" rather than "official expenditures". Its in the public domain exactly how Charles spends his money.

https://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/ann...ture-and-staff
Well yes he can do what he wants with his income but he has to be seen to be using it in supporting the crown. Nobody is suggesting he lets son no 2 go hungry but there has to be some sort of proportionate limit.
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Old 02-14-2020, 12:48 PM
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Well yes he can do what he wants with his income but he has to be seen to be using it in supporting the crown. Nobody is suggesting he lets son no 2 go hungry but there has to be some sort of proportionate limit.
That's the kicker. Who has the right to tell Charles how to spend his personal income? To be honest here, Charles could have used his Duchy of Cornwall income since day one to be a playboy prince, travel the globe and live the life of the extremely rich and famous, have his own personal table at the casinos in Monte Carlo and a fleet of yachts.

What he has done in his lifetime with the Duchy of Cornwall is something that no other Duke before him has done. He's worked diligently to increase the Duchy, support his family in their official roles and has even turned a Duchy property, Highgrove, into a sustainable example of what can be done.

He didn't have to and doesn't have to be "seen" to be doing anything with his private income other than what he chooses to do with it.

He's well within his right to buy Harry and Meghan their own private island somewhere if he chooses to. He also has the right to tell Harry and Meghan that he'll only support them if they reside on the Inner Solomon Islands and raise penguins. Its totally at his discretion.
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Old 02-14-2020, 12:57 PM
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That's the kicker. Who has the right to tell Charles how to spend his personal income? To be honest here, Charles could have used his Duchy of Cornwall income since day one to be a playboy prince, travel the globe and live the life of the extremely rich and famous, have his own personal table at the casinos in Monte Carlo and a fleet of yachts.

What he has done in his lifetime with the Duchy of Cornwall is something that no other Duke before him has done. He's worked diligently to increase the Duchy, support his family in their official roles and has even turned a Duchy property, Highgrove, into a sustainable example of what can be done.

He didn't have to and doesn't have to be "seen" to be doing anything with his private income other than what he chooses to do with it.

He's well within his right to buy Harry and Meghan their own private island somewhere if he chooses to. He also has the right to tell Harry and Meghan that he'll only support them if they reside on the Inner Solomon Islands and raise penguins. Its totally at his discretion.
Up to a point. Any modern Duke of Cornwall has to be sensitive to public opinion.
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Old 02-14-2020, 01:04 PM
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In fact, staying at Frogmore would have pretty much ensured that they wouldnít have to deal with an intrusive media.



Denville, but the point is that Harry and Meghan were fine with living half the year in the UK. Youíre saying that they really didnít want to live in the UK at all if they didnít have to....but then, if thatís true, why did they even propose a half and half situation unless it was to appease the Queen and Charles?
I presume they did want to continue with royal duties, perhaps out of a sense of duty, perhaps hoping to appease the queen
but if the had no royal duties and they had been told "you can dedicate yourself full time to earning a living,!" it was likely that it would be eiaser to do that abroad. And I think that Meg realy didn't like the UK, so possibly Harry felt that full time abroad life was going to make her happier...
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Up to a point. Any modern Duke of Cornwall has to be sensitive to public opinion.
To be fair, Charles does. The public sees him voluntarily paying taxes.

But anyways, we're digressing away from the topic of the transition. Lets just say that Charles is within his right to support Harry and Meghan if he chooses to do so. There are no checks and balances that would prevent him from doing so.

Or he could buy the world a Coke and a Big Mac. I'm hungry.
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Old 02-14-2020, 01:06 PM
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That's the kicker. Who has the right to tell Charles how to spend his personal income? To be honest here, Charles could have used his Duchy of Cornwall income since day one to be a playboy prince, travel the globe and live the life of the extremely rich and famous, have his own personal table at the casinos in Monte Carlo and a fleet of yachts.

What he has done in his lifetime with the Duchy of Cornwall is something that no other Duke before him has done. He's worked diligently to increase the Duchy, support his family in their official roles and has even turned a Duchy property, Highgrove, into a sustainable example of what can be done.

He didn't have to and doesn't have to be "seen" to be doing anything with his private income other than what he chooses to do with it.

He's well within his right to buy Harry and Meghan their own private island somewhere if he chooses to. He also has the right to tell Harry and Meghan that he'll only support them if they reside on the Inner Solomon Islands and raise penguins. Its totally at his discretion.
It may be technically but if he were to do something like that, I can imagine the screams from public opinion. It is not entirely his private income, but what he owns as Duke of Cornwall..

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Truthfully, I suspect that was their proposal because they knew it would look better than simply saying "we're out." Anytime you enter into negotiations about anything you shoot high and understand that you can always work down but you can't go back up. In this case, if you say that you want to work part time and then they tell you "no" you can say "well we tried" and go on about your business as you wanted to in the first place. That's my take on it anyway, especially because Harry would have known or should have known that they weren't going to be allowed to do the half in/half out.
Im not sure he did. I think he thought it would be a good compromise between the usual duties expected of him as a royal and his desire to be a private person and to please his wife, who was increasingly unhappy with Britain and the Press. He problably thought that they could spend part of their time in Canada and doing work in the US that would bring in money, and part of it in the UK.. doing royal duties. that way Meg would not have to put up with the press full time.. nor would he. I don't think he really saw that there IS a gap between money making activities and service to the crown..I think he did believe that the queen might agree to it and he didn't take into account the logistitcs of moving back and forth with a small child etc.
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Old 02-14-2020, 01:17 PM
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To be fair, Charles does. The public sees him voluntarily paying taxes.

But anyways, we're digressing away from the topic of the transition. Lets just say that Charles is within his right to support Harry and Meghan if he chooses to do so. There are no checks and balances that would prevent him from doing so.

Or he could buy the world a Coke and a Big Mac. I'm hungry.
I think we have a near consensus! I'll settle for yes he can but he would be well advised to make it as modest as possible. After all a "quiet life" should be, by any definition, a cheap one
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Old 02-14-2020, 02:22 PM
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I am very curious to see where they end up and how they solve the visa situation if they decide they'd like to live in Canada.

What would the visa process for Harry be like if he was to join his wife and son (American citizens) to the USA?

I am also interested to see how they plan "to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born" in their post-royal life.
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Old 02-14-2020, 02:28 PM
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But other parents don't fund one child from what is essentially a trust fund for another child.
Duchy funds are earmarked for William, not Harry.

As for a future home, I'm convinced they will end up with a mansion in the Hollywood Hills.

The Duchy is the DoC, whomever he is and has been since something like the 1300's ...he's not depriving any future DoC of anything William will Inherit much more at some point. I daresay they can funnel a few million to the second son without it making William or George or any future Monarch homeless. I assume you will have the same issue with William giving Louis any funds when he is the DoC?

There is absolutely nothing in either of their backgrounds to indicate they want to live in a mansion in HH. That is fantasy.



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I am very curious to see where they end up and how they solve the visa situation if they decide they'd like to live in Canada.

What would the visa process for Harry be like if he was to join his wife and son (American citizens) to the USA?

I am also interested to see how they plan "to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born" in their post-royal life.
Iím curious about this, too. It seems like Canada is the preferred place to settle, but neither of the three are Canadian citizens.

As Meghanís spouse, Harry is the immediate relative of a US citizen which gives him the ability to be a lawful permanent resident of the US (aka get a Green Card) if he meets the requirements. Thereís a lot of eligibility requirements but looking through them it looks like he does indeed meet them and wouldnít be considered inadmissible, so he could probably get a Green Card pretty easily.

Iím interested in seeing what happens about Meghan gaining UK citizenship. I donít believe she will because you have to live there for at least 9 months of the year and I donít see them doing that, itís been made very clear that theyíll be settling in North America for the most part. It will be interesting if they do settle in the US rather than Canada if Harry becomes a US citizen. Have there been any members of the royal family who became US citizens? Obviously Meghan and Archie are, and I believe one of Freddy Windsorís daughters who was born in America has dual citizenship (but they appear to be living and raising the girls in the UK), but other than that I canít think of any?
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The Cambridges's Foundation--that was originally William & Harry's Foundation, then added their wives after their marriages (The Royal Foundation of the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke & Duchess of Sussex)-- before the split in two last year.
Thanks! So, employees of the Cambridges and Sussexes came from the RF?
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Thanks! So, employees of the Cambridges and Sussexes came from the RF?
When they were all a part of one foundation that foundation employed several people in lots of different roles. When Harry and Meghan decided to leave that foundation, some employees went with them to become "Sussex Only" employees and were no longer employed by the Royal Foundation. Now those that chose to leave the Royal Foundation to become employees of the Sussexes have found themselves without jobs. Both the Cambridges and the Sussexes have their own personal teams and then there's a team that operates the Royal Foundation. Some Royal Foundation employees chose to leave to become part of Team Sussex.
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When they were all a part of one foundation that foundation employed several people in lots of different roles. When Harry and Meghan decided to leave that foundation, some employees went with them to become "Sussex Only" employees and were no longer employed by the Royal Foundation. Now those that chose to leave the Royal Foundation to become employees of the Sussexes have found themselves without jobs.
Oh wow......so, their repayment for loyalty to the Sussexes was to be laid off, with pretty much no potential to be reassigned. It would have been nice had Harry and Meghan taken the time to try and find positions for these people before flying off to Canada. I'm sad and annoyed all at the same time.
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