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Prince Harry Won’t ‘Miss Being A Royal,’ Says Princess Diana’s Former Butler

Buckingham Palace is all but in the rearview mirror as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are moving forward hyperfocused on their future!

The dust is beginning to settle after a historic Royal family shake-up saw the couple step back from their royal duties and start forging their own financially independent path across the pond in Canada. Despite losing their HRH titles and a few other logistical changes, it would appear the couple finally got everything they wanted with #Megxit — and it’s a good thing, too.

According to some tea-spilling sources over at Us Weekly, Archie Harrison‘s father has been dreaming about the day he’d be able to get some distance from the Crown for “years.”

Related: Prince Harry Doesn’t Want ‘The Crown’ To Cover His Life!

One insider gave quite a pessimistic take on Harry’s familial upbringing, telling the outlet:

“Harry’s been unhappy in the royal family for years.”

Well, we can get behind that statement when you step back and consider how a different source told People that he was more than ready to welcome change and ideas about a different way of living once Meghan entered his life. It’s almost like the former Suits star was a figurative life vest for someone who was drowning if these sources are to be believed!

The mag also apparently caught up with Princess Diana’s former butler, Paul Burrell, who seems to think her youngest son will likely shine outside of his older brother, Prince William’s shadow.

“I doubt he’ll miss being a royal. Yes, he was born a prince, but his long-term ambition is to be known as a humanitarian, like his mother.”

Given the fact the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will still keep their old patronages amid their exit, and all of the charitable work they most likely have planned for the future, we think it’s safe to say that goal will still be met!

At the end of the day, the one-time parents couldn’t be happier with their new normal. A third source shared Harry is “really excited about the next chapter in their lives” and Meghan’s “so happy.”

As our readers will recall, Harry spoke to this during an emotional, heartfelt speech at a recent charity event where he assured the British public that it’s all love — but he’s gotta go! In part, he said:

“I also know you’ve come to know me well enough over all these years to trust that the woman I chose as my wife upholds the same values as I do. And she does, and she’s the same woman I fell in love with. We both do everything we can to fly the flag and carry out our roles for this country with pride. Once Meghan and I were married, we were excited, we were hopeful, and we were here to serve. For those reasons, it brings me great sadness that it has come to this. The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back, is not one I made lightly. It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges. And I know I haven’t always gotten it right, but as far as this goes, there really was no other option. What I want to make clear is we’re not walking away, and we certainly aren’t walking away from you.”

Harry still has a bright future with his family, that’s for sure!

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Thomas Markle Says ‘The Royals Owe’ Him For What He’s ‘Been Through’ — WTF?!

Here he goes again…

Thomas Markle is back at it again, and this time he’s pretty much threatening Meghan Markle and Prince Harry!!

Related: Samantha Markle SLAMS Her Half Sis Over Megxit In New Interview

Following his daughter and son-in-law’s announcement that they would be stepping back from their senior roles in the royal family, Mr. Markle has run his mouth on two occasions to share how he feels. And now, he’s continuing to sound off in a new Channel 5 documentary, Thomas Markle: My Story, airing on Wednesday.

The 75-year-old explained:

“At this point, they owe me. The royals owe me. Harry owes me, Meghan owes me. What I’ve been through I should be rewarded for. My daughter told me that when I reach my senior years she’ll take care of me. I’m in my senior years now, it’s time to look after Daddy.”

What a complete JOKE. Does he really think he’s owed some sort of payout by the royal family?! What’s even more ridiculous is believing Meg (who has been through enough) should feel obligated want to support him — whether financially or emotionally — despite his paid staging of paparazzi photos and repeated shameful TV interviews bashing her in-laws (just to name a few of his bad judgment calls).

Speaking of money, he also referenced their U.K. digs which the Sussexes will stay in when they jet across the pond from their new home in Canada:

“Apparently $3 million and a 26-bedroom home isn’t enough for them.I don’t know, I can’t go much further into that. It’s kind of embarrassing to me.”

Newsflash: for some people, money isn’t everything.

The retired lighting director said he has not spoken to Meg or Harry since a phone call ahead of their May 2018 wedding:

“Harry said to me: ‘If you had listened to me, this wouldn’t have happened to you.’ I said to him ‘It’s too bad I didn’t die because then you guys could pretend you were sad,’ and then I hung up on them. I was done.”

He added:

“I don’t think at this point they’re thrilled to see me or want to talk to me. The last time they might see me is being lowered into the ground.”

A bit dramatic if you ask us. Thomas, you really have no idea why they wouldn’t want to welcome you in with open arms? OK, boomer!

We’re sure there’s more he’ll spew during Wednesday’s documentary. For now, ch-ch-check out a teaser (below):

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Prince Harry Wants To Put A ‘Stop’ To ‘The Crown’ Before They Cover His Life!

Netflix is rumored to be courting Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for potential collaborations, but that doesn’t mean the pair doesn’t have an issue with THAT series.

The Crown has received acclaim over the past three seasons for its drama-filled portrayal of the royal family. The first season of the series starts by taking place in 1947, five years before Queen Elizabeth II‘s reign began, and season 3 ends in 1977. Currently, season 4 is in production and will likely cover about 10 years.

But if Harry has anything to do with it, we may never get to see any parts of his life!

Related: Claire Foy Was Paid Less Per Episode Than Matt Smith For ‘The Crown’

In a new interview with BBC Breakfast, biographer Angela Levin, who previously interviewed the Duke of Sussex for her 2018 book, Harry: Conversations With the Prince, said he brought up the series during their first meeting.

Levin shared:

“Harry, when I went to interview him in the Palace, the first thing he said to me when he shook my hand was, ‘Are you watching The Crown?’ And I hadn’t been at the time, I felt very embarrassed and I got it and he said, ‘I’m going to make sure I stop it before they get to me.’”

Inneresting!!

Following the current structure of about ten years per season, season 8 would cover 2007-2017, and season 9 would be 2017-2027. From what the 35-year-old reportedly said, it’s unclear if he meant his present-day life as a husband and father or any parts at all.

In case you need a refresher on royal history, Princess Diana and Prince Charles wed in 1981, Prince William was born in 1982, followed by Harry’s birth in 1984. So, if the timing is right, we should be seeing the birth of both boys in season 4 which is set to drop in late 2020.

Many have wondered how the Windsors feel about their portrayals on the series, and we’ve heard conflicting reports so far! Royal expert Katie Nicholl previously revealed to ET that the Sussexes did watch the series during the early days of their relationship. Maybe because it was a good way for Meg to brush up on her future husband’s family??

Nicholl shared with the outlet:

“But what was so lovely was that they just had a very normal courtship. It was all behind the closed doors of the palace or Meghan’s Toronto apartment. But when she came over and stayed with Prince Harry at Notting Cottage, I was told that they loved nothing more than cooking some nice food, catching up on Netflix and watching The Crown, which they apparently watch together.”

Meanwhile, we’ve heard William is NOT a fan. In an interview on The Graham Norton Show in November, Olivia Colman (who stars as Her Majesty in seasons 3 and 4) discussed her uncomfortable interaction with the future monarch:

“It didn’t go very well. I met Prince William at a dinner, and he asked what I was doing at the moment before he quickly added, ‘Actually, I know what you’re doing.’ I was so excited and asked, ‘Have you watched it?’ His answer was a firm, ‘No.’ But he was very charming and very lovely.”

Thoughts on all this, Perezcious TV experts?? Most of what’s gone down in the past few months would make for a great binge watch! Sound OFF (below) in the comments and let us know!!

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Meghan Markle Reportedly Concerned Over Privacy & Threatening Legal Action In Canada

Unsurprisingly, baby Archie was a huge factor in Meghan Markle and Prince Harry‘s decision to step back from their royal responsibilities.

Sources close to Meg shared with TMZ the Duchess of Sussex was aware her fame would be heightened upon her marriage, but she underestimated how much scrutiny she’d face in the media and how little control she’d have over press coverage. And once the couple welcomed their son in May, things only got more difficult.

Related: Meghan Markle’s Estranged Father SLAMS Megxit

In comparison to Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been extremely private with their little one, only taking him out on one official event so far. Otherwise, the photos we’ve seen of the Harry lookalike have been limited to paparazzi shots and select images released by the Sussexes.

Per the publication, not only did the British media expect to be allowed to publish snaps of the youngest royal, but the taxpayers in a way also felt a right to see photos of and learn details about the family of three.

For the Suits alum the final straw has been the criticism specifically about being overly protective of her son, including breaking with recent tradition and keeping his christening a private affair. Although it’s been said the two do not read stories written about them, they are reportedly aware of headlines.

One insider explained to the outlet:

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Meghan Markle Telling Friends Harry’s ‘Spirit Was Being Crushed’ By Royal Family & ‘Her Love’ Set Him Free: REPORT

Now that Megxit has been settled amongst the Royal family, we now have tons of answers about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s new life going forward.

But thanks to a tea-spilling “friend” of Meghan’s we now have more insight than ever before into the mind behind the decision to leave!

DailyMail.com found a pal willing to reveal what the (still) Duchess of Sussex is saying about the couple’s grand exit, and it’s pretty bold if true. For instance, the insider claims Meghan is telling friends Harry always wanted to leave, but “it was her love for him that made this possible.” Wow.

Related: Disgraced Prince Andrew Has Been Queen’s ‘Rock’ During Megxit??

Per the source:

“She said that like her, his spirit was being crushed and she simply couldn’t stand to see him suffer anymore.”

A friend, likely the same one, previously told the outlet Meghan “felt she had to escape because living within the royal confines was soul crushing.” Now we guess she was saving him and not herself? Hmm.

The friend also said:

“Meghan has been telling her close friends that this is the best thing that could ever happen to Harry. That out of anyone he will flourish the most and that it was her love for him that made this possible.”

Well, we don’t know if we’ll ever be able to judge the comment about the power of the Suits star’s love…

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Will Harry one day come to regret the decision to Megxit the Royal family? / (c) John Rainford/WENN

On things we can observe, we should say it remains to be seen how positive this change ends up being for Harry. Maybe he’ll regret the decision right away; then again she could be right on the money if all this is true.

And speaking of money, how do they plan to find success outside of the Royal family? Like no one ever has apparently.

“She described herself and Harry as game changers destined to hack the status quo. And now they can finally go about their business.”

Holy crap, did Prince Harry actually marry Kanye West or what??

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The friend did have an answer to one burning question some fans of Harry and Meghan’s Instagram may still have: what happens to the ever-growing SussexRoyal account?

Oh, it’s staying right where it is, “Royal” wording and all. The pal proclaims:

“Meghan says they will always be considered royalty regardless of where they live or what they do. Meghan and Harry are not planning on changing their website or Instagram name. They are still considered the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. And they will keep the Royal part in.”

Well, can’t say we blame them. Rebranding is such a pain!

One other insight the insider offered about Harry and Meghan’s new life in Canada? Where they will live.

Per this insider, for the short term they are happy to remain in the $14 million mansion in Vancouver Island where they’ve been living since Thanksgiving.

“Meghan told her friends that there is no rush to move out of the place they’ve been staying. That they’re welcome to live there as long as they like.”

Not only that, Meghan ALREADY considers this place more her home than Frogmore Cottage after just two months!

“Meghan calls it her happy place and says that in the last couple of months, she’s felt more at home than she ever did in the UK.”

Damn. For some people a cottage isn’t enough — even if it does have four bedrooms, a nursery, and a staff.

What do YOU think about Meghan’s reported comments to friends about Megxit??

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Disgraced Prince Andrew Has Been A ‘Rock’ For The Queen Amid Megxit Fallout

With Megxit plaguing the news, it’s been a while since we checked in on the other royal family member who caused quite a stir over the past few months.

As you’ll recall, Prince Andrew has also taken a step back from the royal spotlight for the “foreseeable future” following his disastrous interview with the BBC regarding allegations made against him of sexual abuse and connections to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Related: Princess Beatrice Is Prince Andrew’s ‘Greatest Supporter’ Amid Scandal

Despite the controversy surrounding the 59-year-old, it has always been rumored that he is the “favorite son” of Queen Elizabeth II, and he has further stepped into that role amid fallout from Meghan Markle and Prince Harry‘s big decision.

A senior royal source spilled to The Sun the father-of-two has been a “rock” to the monarch and Prince Philip during the stressful time:

“Andrew has been talking to her constantly on the phone and has now gone up to stay with her for a few days. He obviously has spare time on his hands but he would have been there as a shoulder to cry on anyway.”

LOL, is this source a PR rep for him?

Serving as a “tower of strength” for his mom, the disgraced royal seems to be enjoying the quality time he’s getting in with his parents:

“He sees a lot of the Queen at Windsor, probably more than any other royal, and he is her rock at the moment. Behind the scenes we are talking about a family falling apart and Andrew is doing his best to shore things up. He may be finished in the eyes of the public but he feels it is his duty to support the Queen and Prince Philip and get them through this ordeal.”

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Her Majesty’s third child has long been regarded as her “favorite,” though we assume things have changed a bit in the last few months. / (c) WENN

Although his own dilemma has obviously taken a backseat to Meg and Harry’s wishes to become “financially independent,” his own demons aren’t far from mind:

“It has taken him a while but he has finally realised what a fool he has been and he is beside himself with remorse. He knows he has let the Queen and the monarchy down and it’s going to be very difficult for him to regain the public’s respect. He wants to do as much as he can to make it up to his mother.”

However, fellow senior members of the royal family have cautioned him against making too many waves, shared the confidant:

“Both Prince Charles and Prince William have told him there is no way back for the time being. If he hadn’t made such a dreadful mistake he would now be a leading senior royal helping the Queen and stepping into many of the causes and patronages that Harry and Meghan will probably abandon. But as things stand he can only take a backseat role.”

The insider added:

“Despite his failings he is immensely loyal and a team player, as he was in the Navy. He is a proud father and he would like his daughters Bea and Eugenie to take up some of the royal slack, but that doesn’t seem to fit in with Charles’s desire for a slimmed down monarchy. Andrew thinks his daughters could do a superb job with the day to day stuff and the Queen is very fond of them, but the levers of power are shifting.”

Thoughts on all the royal drama, Perezcious readers?! Let us know (below) in the comments!!

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Duchess Camilla Gives A SHADY Response To Question About Prince Harry & Meghan Markle’s Royal Exit!

Oh man, the British media truly does NOT miss a beat!

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, AKA wife of Prince Charles, was caught off guard on Monday when reporters asked if she’d miss her stepson Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle following the pair’s decision to take a step back from their Royal duties and live part-time in Canada.

We know members of the Crown are historically pretty good at hiding their emotions and appearing poised for the public, but the 72-year-old had such a visibly shady response to the question that we simply cannot ignore!

Related: Here’s Why Meg & Harry Are Still The Duke & Duchess Of Sussex Despite Exit

It all went down during Camilla’s visit to Prospect Hospice of Swindon, England, in celebration of the organization’s 40th anniversary.

As the Duchess appeared to be leaving the building, one journalist asked:

“Will you miss Harry and Meghan?”

After a pause, a VERY long and awkward pause, she smiles and replies:

“Hmm. Course.”

Ch-ch-check it out for yourself in a video shared on Twitter by ITV’s royal editor Chris Ship (below):

Talk about shade!!

That smirk coupled with her curt response is quite telling if you ask us! We can’t help but wonder if the Duchess of Cornwall is not-so-secretly salty about the way things are shaking up amid #Megxit.

When discussions about Meg and Harry’s transition were still ongoing with Queen Elizabeth II, we heard reports Prince Charles was particularly “livid” over the entire situation. Although Camilla wasn’t namely involved in those high-profile emergency meetings, it’s a possibility she felt the same way her husband did.

Then again, that account was later dispelled by different Royal sources who claimed the family’s talks were amicable. So, maybe not.

Either way, gurl has got to do better with keeping up that poker face. Or, take the Serena Williams approach and just avoid commenting altogether!

This exchange comes just days after the Queen stripped Archie Harrison‘s parents of their HRH titles in response to #Megxit. Just FYI, the couple will still be able to use their Duke and Duchess of Sussex titles, though. Additionally, despite his lack of Royal duties, Harry will remain the sixth in line for the throne as the line of succession has not changed.

There are more significant changes on the way, recently outlined in a lengthy statement issued by Buckingham Palace.

In the meantime, Harry is operating business as usual! People reports he took part in meetings with leaders from three countries at the U.K.-Africa Investment Summit in London on Monday before jetting off to join Meghan and Archie in Canada.

Reactions to all this, Perezcious readers? Did U pick up on those shady vibes from Camilla, too?

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Prince Harry Touches Down In Canada To Join Meghan Markle & Archie Following ‘Very Honest’ Charity Speech

Prince Harry is doing his best to shield his family from the continued Megxit fallout.

On Monday night, the 35-year-old touched down at Victoria International Airport (see the photos HERE) after tying up loose ends with the royal family regarding the announcement he and Meghan Markle made regarding their wish to become “financially independent.”

Related: Meghan Markle’s BFF Shares Message Of Support Amid Royal Battle!

Ahead of the arrival of her Prince, the Suits alum was all smiles while spotted out (pics HERE) for a hike through the Horth Hill Regional Park with baby Archie, her dogs Guy and Oz, and two royal protection officers.

We can imagine not only was she excited to reunite with her husband, but relieved to hear his heartfelt speech at a charity event the day prior where he made it clear the drastic changes currently underway were his call, not just hers.

Royal expert Katie Nicholl voiced her opinions to ET following his candid words about the Sussexes new life:

“He said it was his decision to walk away and that really he had no choice. This was a joint decision and I think Prince Harry’s been very magnanimous by taking it all on himself. I think he’s simply doing that to protect Meghan.”

She added:

“We pretty much saw Harry say that himself in that speech for the charity Sentebale. He’s always been very honest about his emotions and I think you could see that heartache quite clearly written all over his face.”

Unsurprisingly, many are placing blame for Megxit on Meghan and insinuating (or outright saying) she is forcing Harry away from his family. According to his own remarks and Nicholl’s thoughts, that couldn’t be further from the truth:

“Over here, all of the headlines are dominated by one word: Megxit. The insinuation being that she is responsible for this move [and] pulling Prince Harry over to North America. It’s really not the case. I think Harry has been looking for a way out — a way for a new life — and Meghan has simply been the catalyst. But make no mistake — this was a joint decision. Harry didn’t make it on his own and Meghan didn’t force him into it.”

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The pair in January 2019. / (c) John Rainford/WENN

Understandably, the stress of it all has likely been a lot to handle, but Prince William‘s brother has made some time to relax, too. On Friday, he was spotted with friends at Brook House Pub in Fulham, owned by his longtime friend and Archie’s godfather Mark Dyer:

“Harry was in high spirits but I have spoken to a very close friend of his, who’s known him for a long time, who says that Harry is really putting on a brave face throughout all of this — that he’s positive about his future but very torn [and] very sad about leaving his family. He’s very sad about leaving the United Kingdom.”

Everyone is captivated by this story, and interested to see how things will play out in the coming weeks before the pair is officially on their own from the family. Specifically, will we see Meg back in the U.K.? Only time will tell, Nicholl revealed:

“My palace sources tell me that there will be some more engagements in the run up to this transition happening in the spring, so I think we can expect to see Harry back over in the U.K. carrying out charitable work and engagements. We’re wondering if this is the last we’ve seen in the U.K. of Meghan and there’s no word as to whether she’ll be coming back to carry out those engagements with Prince Harry, but they will be working behind the scenes on their charitable foundation.”

We imagine the 38-year-old will be keeping a low-key profile in Vancouver for the time being as she returns to this “financially independent” lifestyle:

“The couple are now going to go out and try to earn a living. They are going to be financially independent. That means they are able to go and cut deals. There’s an interest in Netflix we understand — they’re open to making a possible series with the couple. Autobiographies are [a possibility] as is a big sit-down talk with either Oprah [Winfrey] or Gayle King.”

Stay tuned for their every move, Perezcious royal experts!! How are U feeling about Megxit after Harry’s speech?! Sound OFF (below) and let us know.

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Megxit Results: Everything You Need To Know About Prince Harry & Meghan Markle’s New Status

It’s official. Megxit has been solved, and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been removed from their Royal duties and moved into the financially independent status they announced they were seeking just two weeks ago.

But what exactly changed? What was decided in those hours spent hammering out logistics behind the Palace walls with Queen Elizabeth II and co.?

Related: Archie’s Godparents Revealed

What will Meghan and Harry’s duties and titles and money look like going forward?

We have all the answers to your most asked questions in our handy breakdown (below)!

What Are Their New Titles?

  • Harry and Meghan WILL still be the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

This was one of the biggest things we were wondering, but it turns out the Queen chose not to strip Meghan and Harry of their duchy titles. And obviously Harry will always be a prince as he has been since birth.

What they are losing is the “HRH” titles, which means one can no longer accurately refer to either as His or Her Royal Highness. For those who follow the rules of Royal etiquette, this is a rather big deal.

The other big title loss for Harry is that he will no longer be the Captain General of the Royal Marines, the ceremonial head position he has held as part of his royal duties. This is likely going to be an emotional loss for Harry, who served in the Army before leaving in 2015 and has kept close ties to the military ever since.

Could Prince Harry Still Be King?

  • Yes!

The line of succession has not changed. Despite his lack of Royal duties, Harry will remain the sixth in line for the throne.

Currently the line is Prince Charles, then Prince William, then each of Will’s children in order of age — Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis — and finally Harry. So obviously for Harry to become King would require some shocking course of events we cannot even fathom.

Importantly this also means baby Archie Harrison could still become king as well; he’s the seventh in line, right behind his father.

(In case you were wondering, even Prince Andrew hasn’t been removed from the line; he sits in eighth, followed by his daughters, Beatrice and Eugenie.)

Will They Still Receive Public Money?

  • Mostly no, but…

Buckingham Palace confirmed Meghan and Harry will no longer receive public funds. Moreover they will pay back over $3 million of taxpayer money spent on refurbishing Frogmore Cottage for them. They will retain the residence as their official UK home (though it’s been questioned whether Meghan intends to ever return for any meaningful length of time) and will start paying rent on the property.

However, when it comes to security it seems pretty clear the Queen is fine with non-working Royals continuing to receive assistance. While this has not been overtly confirmed, Her Majesty’s statement does say:

“Buckingham Palace does not comment on the details of security arrangements. There are well established independent processes to determine the need for publicly-funded security.”

That certainly appears to be justification for continued public funding for Harry and Meghan’s security. We imagine that goes for Canada as well, where they will be spending much of their time.

Will They Keep Their Royal Patronages?

  • Yes!

For those unfamiliar with the concept, members of the Royal family are often named patrons of organizations, meaning they become a sort of public ambassador for the cause. Per the Queen’s statement Harry and Meghan will keep their patronages.

Harry is the patron of 16 organizations, including the Invictus Games — an annual event in which sick and injured armed services personnel compete in various sports — which he founded himself.

Meghan holds four patronages: the National Theatre, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, an animal charity called Mayhew, and a women’s charity called Smart Works.

Keeping their patronages means a lot of charitable work the couple will continue to do even as they take on new careers.

Is This Permanent?

  • Not necessarily!

All of these changes are tentatively scheduled for Spring 2020, but according to Royal sources one of the results of the hours of negotiation was a review in one year’s time.

So theoretically in Spring of 2021 if Meghan and Harry aren’t happy with the changes and want to return to the fold and resume taking on Royal duties they will be able to do so. It certainly makes sense for the Royal family, who will have to take on the engagements being vacated by the Sussexes — particularly William and Kate Middleton. However, we can’t imagine after all this work and upheaval Harry and Meghan would actually turn around and say they were wrong.

We should note, certain changes will be irreversible; for instance the Royal Marines will have to choose a new Captain General, and that individual wouldn’t simply step aside for Harry to resume.

If YOU have any more questions, let us know in the comments (below)!

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Prince Harry’s Megxit Discussions Were NOT A Royal Battle But Actually ‘Extremely Friendly’?!

From the moment Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made their historic announcement about stepping away from their Royal positions, the family has been quite clearly in a state of chaos.

Right away Queen Elizabeth II called an emergency meeting, and the sense many have gotten from everything we’ve heard is this was an incredibly tense situation.

For one, the Duke and Duchess reportedly made the announcement without the knowledge — or the blessing — of Her Majesty, something she all but confirmed with her terse response statement! Prince Charles in particular was described as “livid” over both the decision AND the ambush-style execution. And of course the rift between Harry and Prince William is well-documented, so that friction couldn’t have cooled matters.

Related: Harry And Wills’ Feud Over??

However, now that everything is over we’re being told the entire ordeal was actually completely chill. Um, what??

Yep, a new Royal source tells ET:

“The discussions were all extremely friendly and constructive because the common goal was clear as was the desire to reach a successful conclusion. Everyone is pleased.”

After all that bedlam, they just sat down and politely had tea and discussed public funding options? Hmm, we’re not sure we’re buying that. We can’t help but wonder if the Royals are trying to put out this PR fire once and for all.

But who knows, perhaps they kept calm and carried on and really did sit behind closed doors for a week laughing and talking about Canadian exchange rates.

Oh, speaking of loonies, let’s talk about how Harry and Meghan are going to make their money. We know from the Queen’s public announcement over the weekend the couple will no longer get any public funding, but the business opportunities have been abundant. However, this new source is also rebutting a huge piece of news on that front:

“[Harry and Meghan] currently have no commercial agreements already signed or in the pipeline. The spirit of this agreement allows them to pursue financial independence but they’ve made it clear everything they do will continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty.”

Huh?! What about Meghan’s voiceover deal with Disney?! Are they saying that isn’t concrete yet? By saying it isn’t “in the pipeline” they seem to be refuting the story altogether. But we know from our own eyes Harry was pitching that to Bob Iger himself back at the Lion King premiere last Summer.

This insider did confirm one tidbit — this deal is subject to review after a year:

“There is scope for the family to review how it operates in a year’s time.”

Hmm. What do YOU think about this new inside info. Is it correcting the record? Or trying to sell a shiny, happy version of what we’ve all watched go down?

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Queen Elizabeth Let Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Keep Duke & Duchess Titles To Avoid Seeming ‘Petty’!

Queen Elizabeth II may have stripped Prince Harry and Meghan Markle of their HRH titles in response to #Megxit, but she apparently contemplated giving them an even worse punishment: Earl and Countess titles!

That’s right, Perezcious royal fans. According to the Evening Standard, Her Majesty and Prince Charles debated stripping Harry and Meg of their Duke and Duchess of Sussex rank. However, it’s said they decided to let the couple keep the titles to avoid looking “petty.”

Related: Netflix Expresses Interest In Working With Meghan & Harry!

An insider told the outlet:

“The Sussex title is one of the ancient royal dukedoms given to him ahead of his wedding to Meghan, along with other titles. Removing it was seriously considered and discussed at the highest level.”

If this prized title was stripped, Harry and Meg would be referred to as the Earl and Countess of Dumbarton (ouch), downgrading them to the same ranking as Edward and Sophie, Earl and Countess of Wessex. But the source explained the Queen and Charles ultimately felt that preventing Archie Harrison’s parents from using “HRH” in public and for commercial use while still retaining the title was more appropriate.

These new claims come a day after Harry admitted he was “taking a leap of faith” in stepping back from the British monarchy but felt “there was really no other option.” In his first appearance since the Megxit deal was finalized, the 35-year-old told a charity audience:

“Unfortunately, that wasn’t possible. I want you to hear the truth from me as much as I can share… Not as a prince, or a duke, but as Harry the same person that many of you have watched grow up over the last 35 years — but with a clearer perspective. The UK is my home and a place I love. That will never change.”

The Duke plans to spend the majority of his time in Canada, where he is expected to fly within the next few days and stay for the foreseeable future with his 38-year-old wife and son.

Related: Serena Williams Expertly Shuts Down Reporter’s Question About Megxit

As we reported, the Queen shared an official statement regarding Harry and Meg’s new roles over the weekend, writing:

“They will no longer receive public funds for Royal duties. With The Queen’s blessing, the Sussexes will continue to maintain their private patronages and associations. While they can no longer formally represent The Queen, the Sussexes have made clear that everything they do will continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty… The Sussexes will not use their HRH titles as they are no longer working members of the Royal Family. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have shared their wish to repay Sovereign Grant expenditure for the refurbishment of Frogmore Cottage, which will remain their UK family home. Buckingham Palace does not comment on the details of security arrangements. There are well established independent processes to determine the need for publicly-funded security.”

Wow. So much power and privilege gone — just like that.

But clearly, it could’ve been worse!

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Prince Harry & Meghan Markle’s Son’s Godparents Revealed — Deets HERE!

Although the identities of baby Archie Harrison‘s godparents had previously been kept under wraps, the news is now out!

As royal readers will recall, many details regarding the little one have been kept private since his birth in May, so it’s not entirely surprising it’s taken this long for information to get out regarding his godparents.

Related: Thomas Markle SLAMS Meghan & Harry As ‘Lost Souls’ Amid Megxit

Typically, the godparents are announced ahead of a royal christening, but Meghan Markle and Prince Harry kept things more discreet. While the actual ceremony is traditionally kept private (not live-streamed publicly, and reporters are not allowed inside), the Sussexes also chose to not allow any cameras outside as the family entered or exited the church.

Following the July 6 milestone, the couple released a statement along with two family photos:

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are so happy to share the joy of this day with members of the public who have been incredibly supportive since the birth of their son. They thank you for your kindness in welcoming their first born and celebrating this special moment. Their Royal Highnesses feel fortunate to have enjoyed this day with family and the godparents of Archie.

The question still remained: who are Archie’s godparents?! Now, we have the answer we’ve been waiting for, but it’s not exactly who was expected. Roya Nikkah, royal correspondent at The Times has confirmed three individuals reportedly chosen by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as Archie’s godparents.

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Harry meets up with Tiggy in 2003 after playing polo. / (c) WENN/Hockley

Tiggy Pettifer, née Legge-Bourke, was a nanny of Prince Harry and Prince William growing up, and played a significant role in the boys’ lives following the death of Princess Diana.

Nikkah explained Pettifer is one of: “two Britons who played key roles in bringing up Harry and his brother William after the death of their mother Diana, Princess of Wales.”

Seems like she was an obvious choice given what an important role she played in Harry’s life!

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Mark and Harry in 2016. / (c) WENN

Next up is Mark Dyer, a longtime friend of the 35-year-old, who much like Pettifer played a critical role in his upbringing. Per The Times, Dyer is:

“a former equerry to the Prince of Wales who became a mentor and close friend to [Prince] Charles‘ sons.”

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Last but not least is Charlie van Straubenzee, another longtime friend of Harry’s. The two have been buds since meeting at Ludgrove Prep School in Berkshire and later went on to become close friends and attend the Rugby World Cup together in 2015. Months after their own wedding, the newlyweds stepped out to attend Charlie’s wedding to bride Daisy Jenks in August 2018.

It’s not uncommon for a royal child to have multiple godparents, so it’s possible there’s still some representation from Meghan’s family and friends…

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Netflix Expresses Interest In Working With Meghan Markle & Prince Harry Post-Megxit

Could Meghan Markle and Prince Harry‘s next move be coming to a streaming service near you?!

Apparently, Netflix is just one of the many global companies eyeing up the Sussexes as they prepare to enter their new “financially independent” phase.

Related: Oprah Winfrey Denies Counseling Meghan Markle Over Megxit Strategy

Ted Sarandos, the streaming giant’s chief content officer shared with The Guardian on Saturday:

“Who wouldn’t be interested? Yes, sure.”

We already know the couple is currently working on a mental health-focused docuseries in collaboration with Oprah Winfrey for Apple TV+ launching this year, so we’re definitely intrigued to see what they could work on with Netflix!

As we previously reported, an insider revealed to ET the pair is drawing major inspiration from fellow famous couples such as Barack and Michelle Obama, and Bill and Hillary Clinton, who have each established successful foundations of their own.

Ideally, a “model like the Clintons or Obamas” will allow them to create “meaningful work while making a living.” We’re so here for it!! The confidant explained:

“They need to find a balance where they raise money for their new foundation and have money-making ventures to support themselves.”

ICYMI, a charitable foundation — Sussex Royal, The Foundation of the D&D of Sussex — is rumored to already be underway after Meg made headway during the holiday season in El Lay. A confidant shared with DailyMailTV in December:

“Even in her younger years in Hollywood, she wanted to work towards creating an international charity changing lives. Now that she has the platform and profile of being a British royal she can truly build this plan. She sees this foundation as one of the key factors in creating a legacy as a new royal and Harry is right behind her. She is plowing much of her time and energy into getting every aspect of the charity ready.”

It seems the Suits alum is making the rounds with many of the major companies! She has reportedly already signed a deal with Disney (there’s some video evidence to back this up) to do voiceover work on a future unnamed project in exchange for a donation to Elephants Without Borders on her behalf instead of taking a paycheck.

What do U think the pair would work on in collaboration with Netflix, Perezcious readers?! We want to hear your thoughts!! Share ’em (below) in the comments!!

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Serena Williams Expertly Shuts Down A Reporter’s Question About Meghan Markle & Prince Harry’s Exit: ‘You Tried’

It sounds like Serena Williams doesn’t want to get anywhere near the media circus surrounding her pal Meghan Markle and husband Prince Harry right now!

As we’ve been reporting, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex‘s decision to step down as senior members of the Royal family sent shockwaves across the world and has everyone from palace sources to estranged family members talking. With buzz-worthy developments about the pair’s exit coming in left and right, surely one of Meg’s closest friends would have something to say about it all, too?

Well, regardless of how she may feel, the 38-year-old tennis pro recently made it clear her lips are sealed!

Related: Prince Harry & Meghan Markle’s Royal Exit Will Be Reviewed In One Year: Source

The hot topic came up on Monday at the Australian Open when one reporter asked Williams to comment on recent developments with the former Suits star.

According to a secondhand account from The New York Times reporter Ben Rothenberg, an eager sports journalist reportedly asked:

“Your good friend, Meghan Markle, who attended your last two slams, and Harry, have taken a move, a stance that many people think is extraordinary and historic. What are your feelings about that? Have you spoken to her?”

Serena must have anticipated the question as she was quick to reply:

“Yeah, I have absolutely no comments on anything with that. But good try. You tried. You did good.”

Way to Grand Slam that question away with the quickness, gurl! Despite not wanting to entertain the media with a sound bite about #Megxit, the tennis legend inadvertently gave us one anyway, ha!

We mean, these guys have to do their jobs and ask the burning questions, right?

Never-mind the fact that the decorated athlete is pursuing an all-time record-equaling 24th Grand Slam singles title during her seventh appearance at the international competition — her opinion on Meg and Harry is supposedly the more pressing issue!

Archie Harrison‘s parents have been dominating headlines lately so we can’t completely knock the curiosity. Heck, we’re following their every move, too. Who knows if the ladies have even had the chance to chat with between Serena’s competition schedule and all the shakeups happening among the Crown.

In the meantime, Megan’s estranged father Thomas Markle has got the tea spilling/making ridiculous public comments part covered.

As we reported, the 75-year-old made his most recent controversial statements as part of a documentary filmed for the UK’s Channel 5, during which he spoke out about the couple’s big move away from the royal fam. In part, he said:

“It’s disappointing because she actually got every girl’s dream. Every young girl wanted to become a princess and she got that and now she’s tossing that away, for, it looks like she’s tossing that away for money … I think both of them are turning into lost souls at this point. I don’t know what they’re looking for.”

And then later, he boldly added (below):

“It’s kind of embarrassing to me. When they got married, they took on an obligation and the obligation is to be part of the royals and to represent the royals and it would be foolish for them not to. This is like one of the greatest, long-living institutions ever. They are destroying it. They are cheapening it. They’re making it shabby. They are turning it into a Walmart with a crown of it now. It is something that is ridiculous. They shouldn’t be doing this.”

Sigh. We’re so thankful for the concept of “girl code” and just the sheer amount of decency that some have while others don’t.

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Prince Harry & Prince William’s Feud Is Reportedly OVER Following ‘Man-To-Man’ Chat

The feud between Prince Harry and Prince William is finally OVER!

As royal readers are likely aware, there have been rumors of sibling squabbles between the brothers plaguing the media for the past two years. While it was just hearsay for some time, Archie Harrison‘s dad seemingly confirmed the rift in an October documentary interview:

“Part of this role and part of this job and this family being under the pressure that it’s under ­inevitably, you know, stuff happens. But look, we’re brothers. We’ll always be brothers. We’re certainly on different paths at the moment but I will always be there for him and as I know he’ll always be there for me.”

Related: Prince Harry Delivers First Public Remarks On Royal Exit

Although the brothers recently issued a joint statement regarding their supposed differences, a senior royal source explained to The Sun more about their peace talks and how they knew it was now or never to fix their relationship.

The insider revealed:

“They decided to cut out all the toxic people stirring around them to deal with each other man-to-man as brothers.”

Apparently, their wives— Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton — played assisting roles in fixing the long-rumored feud, despite talks of a dispute between the sisters-in-law as well. The confidant continued:

“It has been groundbreaking in terms of saving their bond as brothers and has been totally driven by them.”

Following some private conversations, it seems the brothers have hashed everything out. Of course, this comes amid the fallout of Megxit as the Sussexes prepare for their next phase of life in the coming months:

“Given Harry is now permanently moving away, there was a realization if they didn’t sort things out now, they never would. Of course there have been serious differences in opinions but the family warmth is back. And they’re sad they’re going to be so far apart.”

However, now that things are reportedly back to normal between the siblings, a new family challenge has been presented: Harry patching things up with father Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall:

“It’s fair to say that the past week has brought William and Harry back together but the relationship with Charles and Camilla is far more complicated and complex. There remains a real lack of trust there and it’s going to take some time to resolve.”

Thoughts on all this juicy royal drama?! Sound OFF (below) in the comments and let us know!!

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U.K. Broadcaster Channel 5 Readies Thomas Markle Documentary

ViacomCBS-backed U.K. broadcaster Channel 5 will air a 90-minute documentary on Meghan Markle’s father Thomas Markle. Markle and her husband Prince Harry sparked a global media frenzy earlier this month with their decision not to continue as senior members of the British Royal Family. Buckingham Palace announced that the couple are to lose their royal […]

Prince Harry Breaks Silence on Royal Split: ‘There Was No Other Option’

Prince Harry has broken his silence on his break with the royal family, saying there was “no other option” for him and wife Meghan Markle. Speaking at a dinner in central London held for his Sentebale charity supporting children with HIV in southern Africa, the Duke of Sussex said it brings him “great sadness that […]

Prince Harry Delivers Public Remarks On Royal Exit: ‘I Want You To Hear The Truth From Me’

Prince Harry speaks!

On Sunday night, during a charity event for his non-profit outfit Sentebale, the 35-year-old prince spoke publicly and directly to the people about his decision alongside wife Meghan Markle to exit the royal family. And during his remarks, Harry made very clear just how difficult the entire situation had become, in many different ways.

Related: Prince Harry Is A Petulant Child!

While out at a night organized to support the mental health and well-being of children afflicted with HIV, Harry opened up his remarks by addressing the big question in the room. The red-headed young (soon-to-be former) royal said (below):

“Before I begin, I must say that I can only imagine what you may have heard or perhaps read over the last few weeks. So, I want you to hear the truth from me, as much as I can share – not as a Prince, or a Duke, but as Harry, the same person that many of you have watched grow up over the last 35 years – but with a clearer perspective. The UK is my home and a place that I love. That will never change. I have grown up feeling support from so many of you, and I watched as you welcomed Meghan with open arms as you saw me find the love and happiness that I had hoped for all my life. Finally, the second son of Diana got hitched, hurray!”

And he continued on from there, too, adding more:

“I also know you’ve come to know me well enough over all these years to trust that the woman I chose as my wife upholds the same values as I do. And she does, and she’s the same woman I fell in love with. We both do everything we can to fly the flag and carry out our roles for this country with pride. Once Meghan and I were married, we were excited, we were hopeful, and we were here to serve. For those reasons, it brings me great sadness that it has come to this. The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back, is not one I made lightly. It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges. And I know I haven’t always gotten it right, but as far as this goes, there really was no other option. What I want to make clear is we’re not walking away, and we certainly aren’t walking away from you.”

Harry further explained how his dynamic with the family would continue from here, too.

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Harry and Meghan have made non-stop worldwide headlines over the last few weeks. / (c) WENN/Avalon

He added:

“Our hope was to continue serving the Queen, the commonwealth, and my military associations, but without public funding. Unfortunately, that wasn’t possible. I’ve accepted this, knowing that it doesn’t change who I am or how committed I am. But I hope that helps you understand what it had to come to, that I would step my family back from all I have ever known, to take a step forward into what I hope can be a more peaceful life. I was born into this life, and it is a great honor to serve my country and the queen. When I lost my mum 23 years ago, you took me under your wing. You’ve looked out for me for so long, but the media is a powerful force, and my hope is one day our collective support for each other can be more powerful because this is so much bigger than just us. It has been our privilege to serve you, and we will continue to lead a life of service.”

So nice! And loving the references to Princess Diana

Finally, the Prince added more about Queen Elizabeth and his respect for her and the crown, saying:

“I will always have the utmost respect for my grandmother, my commander in chief, and I am incredibly grateful to her and the rest of my family, for the support they have shown Meghan and I over the last few months. I will continue to be the same man who holds his country dear and dedicates his life to supporting the causes, charities and military communities that are so important to me. Together, you have given me an education about living. And this role has taught me more about what is right and just than I could have ever imagined. We are taking a leap of faith – thank you for giving me the courage to take this next step.”

Well then! What a statement! You can watch the full thing go down HERE!

Very interesting… Thoughts, Perezcious readers?! Sound OFF with your comments and opinions in our section (below)!!!

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Which L.A. Neighborhood Should Meghan and Harry Choose?

Now that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have officially lost their royal HRH titles — and the accompanying public payment for their royal duties — it seems all but inevitable they’ll soon begin spending the bulk of their time in North America. Frogmore Cottage, the historic Grade II-listed residence upon which they lavished $2.4 million […]