London (AFP) – Prince Harry and his wife Meghan were again criticized at a royal emergency summit on Tuesday to discuss their shock relief from top royal duties.
British newspapers raved about the Monday meeting where Queen Elizabeth II agreed to allow them to split their time between Canada and the UK.
“It only means one thing – Harry and Meghan won!” Royal commentator Philip Dampier wrote on the Daily Express. “They metaphorically held a gun to their head and it gave way.”
The editorial in the Sun newspaper said: “Our Queen’s surrender to Harry and Meghan’s irritated, selfish demands could turn out to be the biggest mistake of her reign.
“This couple just raised the bar for selfish, arrogant aspirations.”
The Daily Mirror said the monarch “had shown selflessness that unfortunately does not exist as Harry and Meghan treated her disrespectfully”.
The Daily Telegraph called the decision “The Queen’s Reluctant Farewell.”
However, the final decisions about the couple’s future will be made in the coming days.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson told BBC TV that he was “absolutely confident that they will sort it out”.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced last week that they would step down as high-ranking kings and want financial independence from the monarchy.
The couple with Baby Archie has become increasingly unhappy about public life.
– ‘Complex matters’ –
Queen Elizabeth, 93, called her eldest son and heir Prince Charles and two sons, Princes William and Harry, to their estate in Sandringham, East of England, on Monday.
Meghan returned to Canada after briefly returning to the UK last week.
In a rare personal statement, the monarch said the discussions were “very constructive,” but admitted that the Sussex decision was not what she wanted.
“My family and I support Harry and Meghan’s wish for a new life,” she said.
“Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time employees of the royal family, we respect and understand their desire to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.”
The Queen said the Sussex people had made it clear that they were not dependent on public funds during a “transition period” in which they would spend time in Canada and the UK.
“These are complex issues that my family has to resolve and there is some more work to be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be made in the coming days,” said the sovereign.
– Racism to blame? –
Harry, 35, is sixth on the throne behind 71-year-old Charles, William, 37, and his brother’s three young children.
Meghan, 38, an American who had forged her own career as a television actress, was considered fresh air for the royal family when she married Harry in Windsor Castle in May 2018.
But in October of last year, the couple admitted to struggling with the spotlights after their wedding and Archie’s birth in May 2019.
They plunged into negative press reports when Harry claimed British tabloids had made an “unscrupulous” and “malicious” attempt to vilify his wife.
An online and television debate has raged since Wednesday on whether tabloid reporting to the Duchess was racist.
– find funding –
How the Sussexes are funded is one of the most important problems to be solved. Five percent of the couple’s income comes from public funds.
The rest comes from the hereditary private property of Charles’ Duchy of Cornwall. Assets worth £ 1.1 billion ($ 1.4 billion, € 1.3 billion) were officially reported.
“What is appropriate for a semi-royal person? Should they endorse certain commercial products at the expense of other commercial products?” Asked royal biographer Robert Hardman.
“Is your first priority your shareholders, your directors, or the queen?”
The British police cover the couple’s security costs.
In addition to Great Britain, Queen Elizabeth is the head of state of Canada and 14 other countries.
The Canadian government has yet to decide whether it will cover the security costs when Harry and Meghan are in Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday.
Hardman said history has shown that the royal family “always jumps back”.
“It’s been a thousand years, it’s tough, the monarch is tough,” he told AFP. “These are difficult times, but she saw and knew worse.”