Ministers back Buckingham Palace over Harry and Meghan split but warn couple will still be funded by taxpayer

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MINISTERS have backed Buckingham Palace this morning over Harry and Meghan’s split with the Royal family – but warned that the couple will likely still be funded by the taxpayer in future.

Last night the top Royals shocked the country with their announcement they were stepping back from their Royal duties and would spend more time in North America – as revealed by HOAR 24 hours earlier.

Harry and Meghan are set to spend more time in America and ‘step back’ as senior Royals

Buckingham Palace issued a statement later saying the discussions with the Duke, 34, and Duchess, 38, about splitting themselves off would be “complicated.”

A Palace spokeswoman said talks were at an early stage, adding: We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through.

This morning Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick echoed the Palace’s statement, saying there were “issues to work through”.

Mr Jenrick told LBC Radio: “These are decisions that they will need to take.

“Buckingham Palace issued a statement which said, and I think this is right, that clearly the decision of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex raises a range of quite complex questions around their future rule, security, housing and so on.

“These are issues now Her Majesty, the Queen, the Royal Household, will now need to work through.”

And he said that the Royals would likely continue to be funded by the taxpayer in future, saying there are “long-standing rules and guidelines” around the funding of the family.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said this morning he was “sad” to see the couple step back from some of their work.

“I’m a bit disappointed,” he told LBC Radio.

“I’ve seen, since Meghan got engaged with Harry, how people of colour have been really proud of Harry and Meghan.

“They do brilliant work, like Harry does for the Invictus Games.”

And he added that it was an operational decision made by the Met police whether they receive less money to protect them.

The couple said last night:“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution.”

Prince Harry and Meghan could continue to get funded from his father, Prince Charles’ estate in future.

The couple say they will be “financially independent” as they “carve out a progressive new role”, but will still support the Queen.

Harry and Meghan said in their ground-breaking personal statement they will work to become “financially independent”, while continuing to “fully support” the Queen
Harry and Meghan smile at Archie while spending Christmas in Canada
The couple have just returned from a six-week break in Canada with baby Archie

 

 

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