Royal Family hurt as Prince Harry and Meghan begin next chapter

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The Royal Family are said to be “hurt” at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s announcement they will step back as senior royals.

Prince Harry and Meghan did not consult any senior royal before making the statement.

Buckingham Palace was “blindsided”,, as talks about their future had begun but were in very early stages.

The Palace said there were “complicated issues” to work through.

In their statement on Wednesday, Harry and Meghan said they made the decision “after many months of reflection and internal discussions”.

They plan to split their time between the UK and North America, while “continuing to honour our duty to the Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages”.

“This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter,” the couple said.

Former press secretary to the Queen Dickie Arbiter said exactly how they will execute their plan “remains to be seen”.

“There’s a question of security: who provides the security?, he said.

“Is it Scotland Yard, as it does provide royalty protection. Is it the Canadians that’s going to be asked to provide it? Who is going to pay for it?”

 

Nneka Ukachukwu

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