"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."

By Ian Horswill


Posted on January 14, 2020

The Queen has allowed Prince Harry, the sixth in line to the throne, and his wife Meghan Markle, their wish to step down as senior royals and spend half their year overseas.

The Queen met with her son Prince Charles and his sons Prince William and Prince Harry at her estate in Sandringham after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, released a statement stating their intention to break from the royal household. The Queen wanted the “Sussex situation” resolved and to stamp out any rift, real or media speculation, immediately.

The family spoke for 90 minutes after Prince William was the last to arrive, 15 minutes fore the 2pm Monday (UK time) meeting. Also, The Telegraph reported, sat at the large polished table with its eight chairs were Sir Edward Young, the Queen’s private secretary; Clive Alderton, the Prince of Wales’s Principal Private Secretary; and Simon Case, the Duke of Cambridge’s Private Secretary. Fiona Mcilwham, a former diplomat who reportedly joked at the weekend that it might have been easier to have taken the Iran desk she was offered before becoming the Sussexes’ Private Secretary, represented the couple.

Buckingham Palace released a highly personal statement within an hour of the meeting breaking up, with Prince Charles the first to leave, closely followed by Prince William and Prince Harry.

“Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family,” the 93-year-old Queen said.

“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.

“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.”

Prince William, Royal family

The use of their Christian names is perplexing the social media keyboard warriors but Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have applied to register the “Sussex Royal” brand as a global trademark for a range of products including clothing, stationery and running “emotional support groups”.

Celebrity brands are huge business but there are few more failures than successes. UK cook Jamie Oliver’s Jamie’s Italian Limited went belly up in May 2019 with debts of £80 million. However Oliver has risen again with the Jamie Oliver Kitchen on Kuta Beach, Bali, and in Bangkok, Thailand, with plans for another 19.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle perhaps hope to emulate David Beckham, the former football superstar and his wife, Victoria Beckham, a former singer in the UK pop group Spice Girls, who live in Los Angeles, which is where Meghan Markle was raised. In the western world, David Beckham’s name is as well-known as Coco-Cola and IBM. He has become a successful businessman, endorsing a plethora of products and charities whilst Victoria Beckham has become a world leading fashion designer. Both have huge social media followings.

In 1995, their manager Simon Fuller reportedly said, “Victoria’s glamour and David’s sex appeal and sporting prowess could over the long-term create a US$1 billion brand”.

David and Victoria Beckham have a net worth of US$900 million.

David Beckham, Anna Wintour, Victoria Beckham

The American teenager Kylie Jenner managed to make herself the youngest self-made billionaire in history with her cosmetics range. She sold 51% of the company for US$600 million in November last year, in a deal which values Kylie Cosmetics at about US$1.2 billion.

People have made themselves famous celebrities from nothing, and know how to keep themselves in the public eye. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, an actor (she played Rachel Zane in Suits from 2011 to 2017) and has reportedly signed a voice-over deal with Disney.