the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have officially resigned from their duties within the royal family to embark on a new life shared between the United Kingdom and North America.
The couple will no longer be entitled to a series of privileges granted exclusively to members of the monarchy.
From the end of royal visits to a complete change in media strategy, read on to find out some of the royal benefits Meghan and Harry will no longer have access to.
1. They won’t be allowed to travel the world on behalf of the Queen
Now that Meghan and Harry will no longer be working members of the Royal Family, they will no longer be able to perform any duties on behalf of the Queen, including royal visits.
Since their marriage, the couple have completed two royal tours, first to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga, then to South Africa.
The latter was the subject of an ITV documentary broadcast in October 2019.
2. They will no longer receive money from the Sovereign Grant
The couple have made it clear they want to become financially independent, meaning they will no longer receive funding from the Sovereign Grant, which previously covered 5% of the couple’s official office costs.
The Sovereign Grant is the monarchy’s annual funding mechanism that allows members of the royal family to retain their official residences and workspaces.
It is understood, however, that Meghan and Harry will continue to receive money from Prince Charles, whose income from the Duchy of Cornwall accounted for 95% of their spending when they were working royals.
3. They will have to repay the £2.4million cost of renovating Frogmore Cottage
The couple will have to repay the millions of pounds spent to renovate their Berkshire home, Frogmore Cottage.
Renovations to the house nestled on the Queen’s Windsor estate were carried out in 2018 and cost the taxpayer £2.4million.
4. They will no longer have an official office at Buckingham Palace
In January, it was decided that Meghan and Harry’s institutional office at Buckingham Palace would have to be closed, leading to the loss of jobs for staff members who worked there.
On the Royal Sussex websitethe couple said of the office closure: ‘The Duke and Duchess shared this news with their team personally in January once they learned of the decision, and have worked closely with their staff to ensure a smooth transition for each of them.
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“Over the past month and a half, the Duke and Duchess have remained actively involved in this process, which has understandably been saddening for the Duke and Duchess and their loyal staff, given the closeness of Their Royal Highnesses and their dedicated team.”
5. Their security will no longer be funded by the Canadian government
As of November 2019, Meghan and Harry resided on Vancouver Island, Canada, where the Canadian government funded the couple’s security.
However, the country intends to stop paying for their security when they step down from their roles in the royal family.
“Assistance will cease in the coming weeks, depending on their change in status,” a Canadian government official said in a statement. Radio-Canada News.
6. They will no longer be protected from paparazzi photographs appearing online
Now that the couple are no longer working members of the Royal Family, they are also no longer part of the royal rotation system.
The system provides UK media with legally obtained footage of members of the British monarchy.
Now, however, the couple will actually be treated like celebrities by the press and paparazzi photographs of them, like those taken from Meghan in Januaryare more likely to appear online without their consent.