Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have agreed to give up their titles and state funded income so that they can “step back” from their roles as “working” members of the royal family.
Buckingham Palace announced that as royals Harry and Meghan may call themselves Prince and Duchess of Sussex, but they can no longer use the titles of His and Her Royal Highness. From now on the two of them cannot expect to receive public funds for official appearances or duties. The couple will also repay the Sovereign Grant funds they recently spent to renovate their official residence, Frogmore Cottage. That amounts to £2.4 million (about $3 million) of British taxpayers’ money.
Originally the couple offered to split their time between with the United Kingdom and North America. Now it appears they will reside Canada appear, perhaps work in the U.S.A. and make occasional visits back to England. The icing on the bon-voyage cake is that the Queen no longer has objections. “My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family. the queen said in the statement put out by Buckingham Palace.“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,”
This last year has not been an easy time for this pair. Not only were Harry and Meghan newly-weds and pregnant with their first child, but they had to deal with the demands of the Royal Family reorganization and contend with the hounding of a particular element of the British population. Already there are discussions that the departure of Prince Harry and Meghan from the British social scene could mean a loss of billions of pounds to the country’s economy.
The dynamics of this royal relationship were analysed in two previous features, When Harry met Meghan and Baby Makes Three. The general conclusion was that their personal attraction comes from the radical differences in their signatures. Meghan’s INNER Mars ruler warms Harry’s emotional nature. Harry’s serious Saturn INNER ruler adds ballast to Meghan’s life. It works as long as they work it.
Queen Elizabeth was born on a Wednesday in the sign of Taurus. Her INNER ruler is Mercury giving her a liking for stability and accountability. She demanded that the couple slow down and consider the implications of their actions. It is typical for a child of Wednesday to be exceptionally careful about small details.
Actually Harry and his grandmother share a strong and beneficial Earth connection. Their Sun Signs, VIrgo and Taurus would certainly be able to discuss practicalities of any situation. Harry possesses great common sense and the Queen naturally looks out for the state of the nation that she rules. Virgo works for perfection and Taurus is possessive.
It is quite a different story for Harry’s wife. The Queen’s Taurus and Meghan’s Leo OUTER Selves are different elements and both quite fixed. This may cause them to see things quite differently as might be imagined. However if they align their motivations they can act firmly for the same purpose. Let’s hope that continues to be the case.
Reported on CBS This Morning
by Royal Biographer, Tina Smith