12 questions answered about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's future after Buckingham Palace deal

What we know about the agreement for the Sussexes

Danielle Stacey

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have stepped back from their royal duties, with Buckingham Palace releasing details about the agreement reached between the couple and the Queen on Saturday.

In their initial statement on 8 January, Prince Harry and Meghan said they wanted to work to become financially independent and plan to split their time between the UK and North America. The Duchess is currently in Canada with the couple's eight-month-old son Archie and Harry is expected to join them this week after attending meetings in London.

Harry and Meghan's decision has raised many questions about what the future holds for the Sussexes and the royal family. HELLO! answers 12 key questions.


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How will Prince Harry and Meghan become financially independent?

Now that they will no longer be working members of the royal family, they are free to pursue careers and strike commercial deals. The Prince of Wales will continue to offer "private financial support" to the couple, which may not necessarily be from his Duchy of Cornwall income.

Will they give up their royal titles?

The couple will no longer use their HRH titles as they will not be working members of the royal family. Following the decision, Harry and Meghan will remain Duke and Duchess of Sussex and will be individually styled as Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

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Harry and Meghan married in May 2018

Will Prince Harry give up his place in the line of succession?

Harry will remain sixth-in-line to the throne, while his son Archie will stay as seventh-in-line.

What will happen to Frogmore Cottage?

The statement from Buckingham Palace said that Frogmore Cottage will remain Harry and Meghan's home in the UK. It read: "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have shared their wish to repay Sovereign Grant expenditure for the refurbishment of Frogmore Cottage, which will remain their UK family home." A palace source added: "The Queen has made it clear that Frogmore will continue to be the Sussexes’ home. They will repay the public expenditure on it and will pay for its upkeep. They will be paying a commercial rent on it." 

Will they still make appearances at royal events?

The Queen is often joined by extended members of the royal family at formal events such as Trooping the Colour, which indicates that we are still likely to see Harry and Meghan on the Buckingham Palace balcony in future.

Will they keep their patronages?

The statement from Buckingham Palace confirmed: "With the Queen’s blessing, the Sussexes will continue to maintain their private patronages and associations. While they can no longer formally represent The Queen, the Sussexes have made clear that everything they do will continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty."

Harry loses his military patronages and will no longer serve as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, representing the Queen. He will step down as Captain-General of the Royal Marines, Honorary Air Commandant at RAF Honington and Commodore-in-Chief, Small Ships and Diving. He and Meghan will, however, retain their roles as President and Vice President of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust. There will, however, be a "period of transition" before all this comes into effect. 

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Harry and Meghan's son Archie was born in May 2019

Will they still go on royal tours?

Under the new arrangement, Buckingham Palace has stated that Harry and Meghan "understand that they are required to step back from royal duties, including official military appointments." This also means that the couple will no longer carry out official royal tours.

Where will Archie go to nursery and school?

As Archie is only eight months old, Meghan and Harry's plans for his future schooling and education have not been confirmed.

How will they divide their time between UK and North America?

HELLO! understands that Harry and Meghan will spend the majority of the time in North America. Meghan has reportedly been staying on Vancouver Island since returning to Canada and the couple are likely to be looking for a more permanent base. They spent six weeks in British Columbia over the festive period, where they were spotted hiking. Alternatively, the Sussexes could move to Toronto where Meghan lived when she was filming US legal drama Suits or they could decide to base themselves in Los Angeles, where the Duchess grew up.

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Harry and Meghan at Canada House on Tuesday

What paid jobs could they have?

There has been some indication about the Sussexes' future plans for financial independence, after they applied to trademark the Sussex Royal brand in the UK, for items such as books, clothing, education and charitable fundraising. Details of their new foundation are likely to be unveiled in the coming months.

Harry has already announced plans to team up with Oprah Winfrey to produce a mental health documentary for Apple – there could also be potential opportunities for him and Meghan to become brand ambassadors for companies such as this in future.

While no commercial deals have been signed so far, their financial independence means they could seek out fashion lines, sponsorship, become involved with Netflix or Disney, write books, or Meghan could resurrect her lifestyle blog The Tig or acting career.

But Buckingham Palace said the couple have vowed that "everything they do will continue to uphold the values" of the Queen.

Will Meghan return to her acting career?

Meghan has not expressed that she will be returning to her acting career, but there could potentially be opportunities for her to produce films and documentaries as part of the Sussex Royal foundation.

Who will pay for security?

The answer to this question remains unanswered as Buckingham Palace said in its statement that "it does not comment on the details of security arrangements." It added: "There are well established independent processes to determine the need for publicly-funded security."

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