Queen ‘hurt’ by bomb­shell move

Manchester Evening News - - NATIONAL -

THE Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex re­port­edly ig­nored in­struc­tions from the Queen not to go pub­lic with their bomb­shell an­nounce­ment to step back from their roles as se­nior roy­als.

The Queen and other mem­bers of the fam­ily were said to be left “hurt” by Harry and Meghan’s de­ci­sion to is­sue a per­sonal state­ment, which out­lined their fu­ture lives as fi­nan­cially in­de­pen­dent roy­als who will di­vide their time be­tween the UK and North Amer­ica.

But it ap­pears the head of state tried to fore­stall any announceme­nts af­ter her grand­son asked to meet at her pri­vate San­dring­ham es­tate, the Evening Stan­dard news­pa­per re­ported. Harry and Meghan went ahead and re­leased their per­sonal state­ment which was a “bolt from the blue” for Buck­ing­ham Palace, sources said.

The state­ment – and a new of­fi­cial Sus­sexroyal.com web­site – have thrown up im­por­tant questions about fund­ing for the cou­ple’s round-the-clock se­cu­rity, me­dia ac­cess to their royal events and how they will pay for their fu­ture lifestyles.

The duke and duchess, who have only re­cently re­turned from a six-week stay in

Canada with eight-month-old son Archie, said in their state­ment: “Af­ter many months of re­flec­tion and in­ter­nal dis­cus­sions, we have cho­sen to make a tran­si­tion this year in start­ing to carve out a pro­gres­sive new role within this in­sti­tu­tion.

“We in­tend to step back as ‘se­nior’ mem­bers of the royal fam­ily and work to be­come fi­nan­cially in­de­pen­dent, while con­tin­u­ing to fully sup­port Her Majesty the Queen.”

Meghan re­ceived a pub­lic boost from her close friend Jes­sica Mul­roney, a Cana­dian stylist and TV star, who posted a quote at­trib­uted to Gina Carey, which said: “A strong woman looks a chal­lenge in the eye and gives it a wink.”

But a se­ries of com­men­ta­tors have strongly crit­i­cised their de­ci­sion with pub­lic re­la­tions and cri­sis con­sul­tant Mark Borkowski say­ing about the Sus­sexes “It does feel like a royal cou­ple in ex­ile”.

A se­quence of events around the an­nounce­ment were out­lined by the news­pa­per. It is al­ready known the Queen, Prince Charles and other se­nior roy­als were not con­sulted about the con­tent of the cou­ple’s state­ment or knew it was to be is­sued.

But the Stan­dard said Charles and the Duke of Cam­bridge only re­ceived it 10 min­utes be­fore it was re­leased.

Over the fes­tive pe­riod, the news­pa­per stated Charles told his son to come up with a thought-out plan for his wish to spend more time in Canada and Amer­ica, and when he put for­ward a draft pro­posal was told time was needed to con­sider its im­pli­ca­tions, par­tic­u­larly fund­ing.

The Queen agreed to Harry’s re­quest to meet when he re­turned from Canada but the duke was told his grand­mother would not dis­cuss his pro­pos­als be­fore he had talked them through with his fa­ther.

De­spite the re­quest not to make any announceme­nts, the Sus­sexes pub­lished their state­ment.

Harry and Meghan’s state­ment was a ‘bolt from the blue’ for the palace

Royal fans gather out­side Buck­ing­ham Palace in the wake of the an­nounce­ment that the Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex will take a step back as ‘se­nior’ mem­bers of the royal fam­ily

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