The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced last week that they would be stepping down from their duties as senior royals and moving to North America – and negotiations had been ongoing ever since.
But an announcement from Buckingham Palace earlier today marked the conclusion of talks about the couple’s future with royal author Penny Junor saying that the terms of the split were actually ‘good news’ for the pair.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced last week that they would be stepping down from their duties as senior royals and moving to North America – and negotiations had been ongoing ever since
She said: ‘I think it is the best possible outcome and an outcome which will actually avoid catastrophe.
‘The country was so divided about this and so angry and so upset, so I think it was all a big mess and it was getting nastier by the day.’
The official announcement today stated that Harry and Meghan will stop using their HRH titles and will repay the £2.4million of taxpayers’ money spent on their Berkshire home.
They will, however, continue their private patronages and associations with the Queen’s blessing.
Ms Junor added that it would have been ‘tragic’ if the pair had to give up their patronages particularly if Harry was made to leave the Invictus Games after founding it.
She said: ‘They’re hanging onto their patronages which I think is absolutely terrific because they both care passionately about making the world a better place.’
She went on to praise the agreement that Harry and Meghan will be stepping back from royal duties and will not receive public funds as a clean break for the pair.
She said: ‘There are no blurred lines. They are starting afresh and they are going with the Queen’s blessing, I think it is the best of all worlds.
‘There is greater prestige to the HRH, it is the title of a working member of the royal family.
Royal commentators Penny Junor (left) and Alistair Bruce (right) have both praised Buckingham Palace’s announcement about the terms of the Megxit split
‘I think holding onto it is very very good because it means that if something was to happen in the future, and who knows what might happen in the future, circumstances might change and they might want to come back.
‘They might want to do royal work again, they might be needed.
‘I think not to burn bridges is a good thing.
‘It does mean that they won’t be able to cash in, one would hope, on their royal status.’
However, the royal expert added it was ‘currently ambiguous’ whether the pair would be able to use the term Sussex Royal, including on their official website Sussexroyal.com.
Ms Junor praised the agreement as positive for both the couple and the royal family and added: ‘The British public have lost out because these are two fantastic people who sprinkle fairy dust wherever they go and we are going to miss that, but clearly it was not making them happy.’
Alistair Bruce, a commentator on the royals, told Sky News: ‘I think the queen has dealt with this crisis because she has absolutely drawn the line: you can be private people but you cannot be royal at the same time.
‘There’s no halfway house.’
‘What a piece of work’: Piers Morgan says he is only surprised it took Meghan this long to get Harry to ditch his family
Piers Morgan responded to Buckingham Palace’s historic announcement tonight that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be retiring from royal life by suggesting the Queen had told them to ‘sling their part-time royal hook’.
The TV presenter, who has made no secret of his dislike for the Duchess of Sussex’s behaviour since she ghosted him, tweeted his thoughts immediately after the Megxit deal was revealed.
He wrote: ‘BREAKING: The Queen’s told Megan/Harry to sling their part-time royal hook.
‘Well done, Your Majesty – right decision. Only surprised it took her so long to get Harry to ditch his family, the Monarchy, the military and his country.
‘What a piece of work.’
The enraged Good Morning Britain host continued to vent his outrage by saying: ‘Bottom line: Meghan/Harry wanted to have their cake and eat it, but the Queen just took the cake back to the royal kitchens’
The enraged Good Morning Britain host continued to vent his outrage by saying: ‘Bottom line: Meghan/Harry wanted to have their cake and eat it, but the Queen just took the cake back to the royal kitchens.’
Morgan then began replying to other Twitter users with his opinion on certain aspects of the couple’s new role.
In response to ITV News’s Royal Editor Chris Ship, who tweeted a quote from the former Head of the Navy on the topic of Harry stepping down, Morgan wrote: ‘Staggering that Harry would turn his back on the military like this.’
Piers Morgan took to Twitter to respond to Buckingham Palace’s bombshell announcement tonight
Due to Harry giving up his military ranks, he will pass on the position of Captain General to the Royal Marines which he took on from his grandfather, Prince Philip, who had held it from 1953 to 2017.
Piers Morgan said: ‘Philip must be devastated.’
However he took some solace in the situation and said: ‘On a positive note, this spells the death on arrival of Meghan and Harry’s plan for a ‘progressive’ new Monarchy.
‘So they thankfully won’t be ‘woking’ the Windsors after all.’
As a teaser to his next MailOnline column, the TV presenter replied to a tweet from a fan which read: ‘Am I the only one waiting for Piers Morgan to publish an article?!’
Morgan responded ominously to say: ’36 hours…’