The agreement will enter into force in the spring and will be reviewed after a year by the palace, according to a palace official. Nevertheless, it will also enable them to achieve their goal of “financial independence” through trade agreements with companies that could be worth more than $400 million. Prince Andrew, for example, asked heated questions about his relationship with the late sex and financial offender, Jeffrey Epstein. Andrew, the Queen`s second son, has relinquished his royal duties and patronage after being accused by a woman who says she is a victim of Epstein who slept with the prince. A deal is one of the most dramatic ruptures within the British royal family since King Edward VIII abdicated the throne in 1936 to marry an American woman, Wallis Simpson. It is the hope of my whole family that today`s agreement will allow them to build a happy and peaceful life. Harry and Meghan`s marriage may have been modern – as was their quest for greater control over their destiny – but in the end, the monarchy didn`t move enough to take into account the desire for royal roles, change. What does this mean for the future? The queen is 93 years old. And there is no guarantee that Harry`s father, Prince Charles, as king, would command the same respect for his mother. As part of their agreement with the Queen, “both have made it clear that whatever they do will continue to uphold Her Majesty`s values,” reads a statement issued at the time by Buckingham Palace. It also means remaining politically neutral.
With much at stake, the Queen`s decision has ensured peace – for now. Royal expert Penny Junor said it was crucial for the stability of the royal family to make Meghan and Harry happy. The summit of Queen Sandringham`s estate in the east of England marked the first personal talks with Harry since he and Meghan unveiled the controversial plan to retire from their royal roles. The summit was the first face-to-face with Harry since he and Meghan revealed last week their controversial desire to step down from their royal roles, become financially independent and split their time between Britain and North America. The meeting reflected the Queen`s desire to stem the consequences of the independence announcement, which was suffering among older family members who were not informed in advance of the decision. Aides told the newspaper that they saw the televised intervention as a “violation” of the couple`s agreement with the royal budget, which could try to further disassociate themselves from it. The Queen has given as her main residence to the Duke and Duchess Frogmore Cottage, a historic house on the site of Windsor Castle. They have been criticized for renovating the house for at least 2.4 million pounds ($3.1 million) in public funds. Patricia Treble: The agreement means Harry and Meghan will not use their royal styles of “His Royal Highness.” This was considered an absolute condition for an agreement. She said the deal would have avoided a muddy situation with the couple half in and half of the royal family.
Prince Andrew himself was banned from public life last year by the Queen after giving the BBC a disastrous interview about his relationship with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.