The 2020 “Megxit” summit is over and Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have emerged with Queen Elizabeth It’s fine for change, so is the last Windsor crisis over? Not yet: there are still many complicated details to solve about your future real roles.
The devil is in the details as Harry and Meghan and their 8-month-old baby Archie prepare for a new life as semi-hardworking royals on both sides of the Atlantic.
However, Queen Elizabeth II’s grandson, Harry, 35, and his American wife, former actress Meghan Markle, 38, won a great victory on Monday after a crisis summit in Sandringham with the queen, the Harry’s father, Prince Charles and his older brother, the Prince. William, in addition to his best employees.
The mission: to calm the storm that arose last week after the announcement of the Sussex bomb that they want to withdraw from their real roles, become financially independent and divide their time between the United Kingdom and North America.
And they got what they wanted. The queen, who rarely makes statements about family matters, described the discussions about the future of “my grandson and his family” as “constructive.”
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Given the outraged terms in which British tabloids have described the crisis they call “Megxit” (because they blame Meghan for it), it was a rather insipid statement by a monarch who said he was hurt, disappointed and even offended by Sussex’s announcement and it’s time.
But some real experts were not surprised, such as Sally Bedell Smith, the acclaimed American biographer of the queen and Harry’s mother, the late Princess Diana.
“People tend to lose sight of the fact that behind the queen’s devotion to duty and reverence for tradition, she is an open-minded and careful listener who is an expert in solving problems,” said Smith. “The queen focuses on the preservation and modernization of the monarchy, but is equally committed to ensuring that Harry is happy.”
And just to clarify the point, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the BBC on Tuesday that he is a “great fan” of royalty and sees them as a “fantastic” asset. “I am absolutely sure that they will solve this,” he said, and they can do it “much more easily without a comment from politicians.”
Now to the details:
Who will pay for your security when they are abroad?
It is expensive, and it would be even more outside the UK. Will the taxpayers pay it?
On their website, the couple says they are, by definition, “internationally protected people” and their safety is required by British law. House secretary Priti Patel said Monday that “security was always a priority” for the royal family, although he did not discuss the details, as usual, with the British government.
And shadow secretary of foreign affairs Emily Thornberry said on the BBC’s Andrew Marr program that she believes her safety should continue. “I think the British taxpayer should pay for the safety of Harry and Meghan and his family, as they do for the former ministers,” he said, and also highlighted Harry’s service in Afghanistan when he was in the British army.
Will they lose their titles and real status?
When Princess Diana and Prince Charles divorced in 1996, she lost her “Royal Highness” status, but not the title of Princess of Wales.
The queen’s statement said nothing about this issue, but some wonder if it is significant that she never refers to Harry and Meghan by their titles in the statement.
Even so, experts believe it is unlikely that the Sussex will be stripped of their title or status, if not for that reason that the palace would want to avoid the criticism and unhappiness that followed after Diana lost her SAR. And the Sussex are not going to divorce.
Will they have to pay taxes if they live abroad?
There are complicated tax implications if they live outside the United Kingdom for a prolonged period. Under the Canadian tax system, anyone living in Canada for 183 days or more per year must pay taxes on their global income, regardless of where they are earned or received. The same applies to the United Kingdom, but the relevant period is 90 days.
As a US citizen, Meghan already has to pay taxes in the United States on any global gain, regardless of where she lives. But, as the Mail on Sunday warned, Harry might have to limit his time in Canada or face a “double tax” on any commercial income he earns, paying in both countries.
Where will your income come from?
Harry and Meghan are giving up their share of the Sovereign Grant, the fund provided by taxpayers who support the queen and other royals who work. The grant amounts to 5% of your total office costs, according to the Sussex website.
The rest of his income comes from the private resources of Prince Charles of the rich Duchy of Cornwall, which in 2019 amounted to about $ 27 million according to the duchy’s website. This paid for most of the official and charitable activities of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, and the official offices of their two children.
Will the Prince of Wales reduce his financial support now that Harry and Meghan are going to be more financially independent? And what happens when Prince William inevitably takes over the duchy?
The Duchy of Cornwall is a private property assigned to whoever the Prince of Wales is, which begins in the early fourteenth century, with the purpose of providing income to the apparent heir. Until 1993, he was exempt from taxes, but since then, Charles has voluntarily paid the income tax on the duchy’s income.
When Charles becomes king, the duchy will move on to William, who has been training to take over the vast property for some years.
In addition, Harry inherited millions of his late mother’s estate, and Meghan earned millions as an actress in the legal drama “Suits.”
What kind of jobs could they get?
Do any of them need one, beyond charity activists? Is it really likely that Meghan can act again?
All this is in the air, but Canadians have been surveyed and more than 60% support the queen who appoints Harry’s governor general as their representative in the Commonwealth nation, according to the National Post, reporting in a Postmedia survey. .
This would mean replacing the current occupant, Julie Payette, born in Montreal, which could be uncomfortable. However, even in Quebec, with its vein of antitrust sentiment, the survey found that the surprising 47% of Quebecers liked the idea that the queen’s grandson became governor general.
“The position of governor general is really possible,” says Smith, pointing to Harry’s great uncle, the Duke of Gloucester, who served as governor general of Australia from 1945 to 1947. “He was 45 when he was appointed. I don’t believe that Harry’s age would be disqualifying. “
In any case, according to The New York Times and the Canadian media, the possibility of Harry and Meghan settling in Canada has caused enthusiasm, free coffee offers and some dissent.
Can you make deals to support commercial products?
Will Harry and Meghan be allowed to sign agreements for purely commercial purposes, instead of raising money for charity? If so, under what conditions?
“If (they remain) within the royal family, will they support trademarks?” Asks Richard Fitzwilliams, a British royal commentator. “Would this be appropriate for a member of royalty? Who defines what is ‘appropriate’?”
Even before the Megxit crisis, Meghan apparently made a voiceover for Disney to benefit the wildlife conservation charity Elephants Without Borders, according to The Times of London and TMZ.
Several media, including People, posted a video of Harry and Meghan at the premiere of “The Lion King” in London in July 2019, in which Harry is heard throwing his wife for voice-over work to the CEO of Disney, Bob Iger.
Where will they live in the United Kingdom or Canada?
They said on their website that they intended to continue living at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor while they were in the United Kingdom, but there was a pullback from media critics and anti-monarchist Republicans about it.
The queen gave her the use of the house on the Windsor Castle estate after getting married in May 2018. According to the Sussex website, the queen had already ordered around $ 3 million in building renovations (which had been used for staff housing) before that.
Media critics have accused the Sussex of ordering the renewal and forcing taxpayers to pay for it. And now that they are about to leave the country for prolonged periods, some government officials and antimonarchists are asking them to pay for the renovations or be forced to pay Frogmore’s rent.
What about Canada? Meghan spent seven years living in Toronto while filming “Suits,” so she knows the city well. But what about Vancouver, the city of British Columbia on the west coast of Canada? The city next to the port is not only surprisingly beautiful (and the climate more temperate), but also closer to its mother, Doria Ragland, who lives in Los Angeles.
Although the couple spent at least part of the Christmas vacation in a luxury mansion borrowed on the coast of Vancouver Island, that huge island near Seattle could be a bit remote for them, except for vacations.
Will they need to obtain visas in Canada?
Although Canada is a Commonwealth country, and the queen is also the queen of Canada (and her image is in Canadian money), neither Harry nor Meghan are citizens, so they would presumably have to apply for a visa and go through the procedures standard. .
But the Canadian Broadcasting System consulted Dory Jade, head of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants, who said the Sussex would simply have to leave Canada every six months, which means they would not need visas.
And Meghan, who has worked in Canada for years, may already have a work permit and permanent residence status anyway.
However, one thing to consider: it is believed that Meghan applied for British citizenship, which requires that she only spend 90 days abroad each year. Therefore, time will be crucial for the Sussex during their time outside the United Kingdom.
Despite the questions, Sussex’s situation is clearer now than last week, and at least there is some hope that the family divisions exposed by this episode may eventually heal.
“As the wise and experienced advisors resolve the details with Harry, Meghan and the rest of the high-ranking royal family, both sides should work in a spirit of commitment,” said Smith. “A crucial indicator today was the joint statement issued by William and Harry denying yesterday’s press report that William had intimidated Harry. It showed a glimpse of an approach.”