Prince Charles warns Prince Harry and Meghan he won’t ‘prop up their lifestyle’
Prince Charles has warned Prince Harry and Meghan Markle they won’t have “unlimited resources” to prop up their lifestyle.
The Prince of Wales is reported to have made clear to Harry yesterday that he won’t fund their new life in Canada after crunch talks at Sandringham.
Charles and Harry along with The Queen and Prince William held the historic summit yesterday at the estate in Norfolk.
It came after Harry announced plans to quit the Royal Family along with his wife Meghan, with the couple intending to spend more time across the Atlantic.
The Queen last night announced she has okayed their plans, but would have “preferred them to remain” in The Firm and there will be a “transition period”.
Sources have claimed however Charles doesn’t see the matter as closed as he fears Harry and Meghan will rely on him for cash, reports the Daily Mail.
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Harry and Meghan receive money from Charles’ business the Duchy of Cornwall – which was used to help fund their wedding and some of the work to their Windsor home Frogmore Cottage.
It is believed the Sussexes will become increasingly reliant on the Duchy as they set up their new life across the Atlantic.
The couple had expressed their wish to be “financially independent” – and discussions are ongoing about the future funding of their family.
“He doesn't have unlimited resources. Harry needs to know that,” a pal said.
Meghan and Harry receive an allowance from Charles of around £2.3 million a year – which makes up around 95% of their income.
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The Queen has reportedly ordered staff to find a solution to further questions “within days”.
Royal aides are expected to draw up guidelines about what the Sussexes can use their branding for in future commercial ventures.
One source said: “There will be strict instructions on branding, for example.
“No one wants to see the Sussexes' name on a tub of margarine.”
Meghan was not involved in yesterday’s conference, with the Duchess of Sussex barred from joining due to concerns about eavesdropping via Skype.
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The Queen has indicated the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are to start a more "independent life" away from full-time royal duties.
They will begin a transition period of splitting their time between the UK and Canada.
She said her family "respect and understand" their wishes for more independence while still remaining a "valued part" of the monarchy.
In a highly unusual move Harry and Meghan were not referred to as the duke and duchess in the statement, only as the Sussexes and by their first names.
It has raised questions about whether they will retain their titles in the future.
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Talks between the four Royals – the first time they met face-to-face since Harry went public with his plans – were described as “very constructive”.
It is unusual for the Queen to issue a statement in her own name – when not paying condolences following a natural disaster or the death of a world leader.
The move is seen as symbolic of the sovereign taking charge of the crisis that threatens to cause lasting damage to the monarchy.
The head of state also expressed the "support" of herself and the rest of the family for the couple's aspiration to create a new life together with their eight-month-old son Archie.
But she stressed the discussions were "complex matters" for her family to resolve but she wanted "final decisions" in the "coming days".
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Harry and Meghan made clear in their statement last week they want to step back from being senior royals, become financially independent and split their time between North America and the UK.
The head of state said: "Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family. My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan's desire to create a new life as a young family.
"Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.
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"Harry and Meghan have made clear that they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives.
"It has therefore been agreed that there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the UK.
"These are complex matters for my family to resolve, and there is some more work to be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days."
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