Meghan Markle and Prince Harry surprised the world when they shared on January 8, 2020, that they would be stepping down for their senior roles as members of the royal family. Naturally, royal fans had many questions about what their future would look like, especially considering their announcement that they would be splitting time between the United Kingdom and North America. The couple was prepared for the questions and launched a website, www.sussexroyal.com, to answer everything you may be wondering about their shocking decision.
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20. Why are The Duke and Duchess of Sussex choosing this new working model?
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex take great pride in their work and are committed to continuing their charitable endeavours as well as establishing new ones. In addition, they value the ability to earn a professional income, which in the current structure they are prohibited from doing. For this reason they have made the choice to become members of the Royal Family with financial independence. Their Royal Highnesses feel this new approach will enable them to continue to carry out their duties for Her Majesty The Queen, while having the future financial autonomy to work externally. While the contribution from The Sovereign Grant covers just five percent of costs for The Duke and Duchess and is specifically used for their official office expense, Their Royal Highnesses prefer to release this financial tie.”