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The Queen agrees to let Prince Harry and Meghan QUIT as 'Megxit' terms are revealed

Prince Harry and Meghan are officially quitting as full-time royals.

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The Queen expressed her sadness at losing Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as senior members of the royal family following talks at Sandringham.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will officially step back as senior members of the royal family and split their time between the UK and Canada.

Buckingham Palace made the historical announcement following Monday's crisis talks at Sandringham where Her Majesty, Prince Charles and Prince William discussed Prince Harry's future in the royal family.

The 93-year-old monarch said: "Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family.

"My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan's desire to create a new life as a young family.

"Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family."

After expressing her disappointment that the couple would be quitting royal life, she confirmed there would be a 'transitional period' while the final deal is hammered out.
"Harry and Meghan have made clear that they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives."

"It has therefore been agreed that there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the UK."

"These are complex matters for my family to resolve, and there is some more work to be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days."

The Queen said there is still work to be done but has asked for a deal to be reached in the next few days.

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Paul Burrell: Princess Diana would encourage Harry and Meghan to be happy

Paul Burrell says what advice the late Princess Diana would have given her children.

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Former butler to the late Princess of Wales, hopes her two sons can heal their rift.

Paul Burrell has spoken for the first time ahead of Prince Harry's showdown with The Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William at Sandringham today, after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their plans to step down as 'senior royals'.

The 61- year-old said he Prince Harry wants to follow in his mother's footsteps and become 'more of a humanitarian than a royal' but feels sorry that the siblings are no longer close.

Paul told Good Morning Britain: “I’m hoping William can build a strong bridge towards his brother during this meeting and bring him back into the fold as his brother."

"I do feel sorry for William and Harry not having that bond which they once had. Obviously, when their mother died, they were cemented together and inseparable. I feel sorry for that and their mother would be sad, too."

Prince Harry and Meghan to 'step back' as senior royals and aim to be 'financially independent'

Prince Harry want to become financially independent and split their time between the UK and North America.

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  • Prince Harry and Meghan will work to become financially independent
  • They want to split their time between the UK and North America
  • The Palace responded to the announcement, claiming the issue is 'complicated'

The Duke and Duchess have announced their plans to step back as senior members of the royal family to become financially independent.

The couple said the decision comes after "many months of reflection and internal discussions".

In a statement released on Wednesday night, the couple said they will continue to 'fully support' the Queen and will split their time between the United Kingdom and North America, where they spent several weeks on holiday in the lead up to Christmas.

They said the move would "enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity."

Harry and Meghan also said they would share "full details of this exciting next step in due course".

The Palace has since responded with another statement in which they called the situation 'complicated.'

Tom Bradby defends Prince Harry and Meghan's 'honesty' for admitting struggles with fame in documentary

The Duke of Sussex alluded to a rift with Prince William and struggles with fame.

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The controversial documentary, which made headlines after the Duke of Sussex alluded to a rift with Prince William and discussed their struggles with fame, was criticised for overshadowing their charity work.

Now, in an interview on Good Morning Britain, the ITV journalist has defended the couple's honesty, claiming the decision to discuss their personal life was his idea.

“It is worth saying that the documentary was my idea," Tom told Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid.

"They were very consistent all the way through that they wanted it to be about their work in Africa.

"I said repeatedly, 'Look, I’ve made that documentary several times. I’m going to do it about your work in Africa, which is interesting and all the rest of it, but I think, you’ve had an extraordinary year and I think it would look weird if I come along and I don’t ask you anything about how it’s really going’ and I pushed that and pushed that consistently."

Baby Archie steals the show in Prince Harry and Meghan's Christmas card

Baby Archie is seen gazing into the camera on Harry and Meghan's Christmas card.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex released their environmentally friendly e-Christmas card featuring their seven-month-old son.

Archie Mountbatten-Windsor stole the show when Prince Harry and Meghan released their Christmas card on Christmas Eve.

The young royal, who was born in May, can be seen gazing into the camera with both of his proud parents smiling the background.

It was not released through any official royal channels, first appearing on an unverified Twitter account called The Queen's Commonwealth Trust.

The e-card was shared to the charities Instagram account as a GIF with the Christmas trees sparkling in the background.

The tweet read: "Just sharing the sweetest Christmas Card from our President and Vice-President, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Very Merry Christmas, everyone!"

Prince Harry addresses rift with William: 'We have good and bad days'

Prince Harry said he has good days and bad days with his brother William

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The Duke of Sussex appeared to confirm a rift with his brother, claiming they are 'on different paths'.

Prince Harry has finally addressed rumours of a family fallout with this brother Prince William.

The Duke of Sussex revealed he has 'good days and bad days' with his brother in a new ITV documentary, Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, which aired on Sunday night.

Opening up about his relationship with Prince William, Harry said that “inevitably stuff happens”, especially under the pressure of the role and living life in the media spotlight.

“We are brothers. We will always be brothers," the Duke told Tom Bradbury.

“We are certainly on different paths at the moment but I will always be there for him as I know he will always be there for me.

“We don’t see each other as much as we used to because we are so busy but I love him dearly.

“The majority of the stuff is created out of nothing but as brothers, you know, you have good days, you have bad days.”

Princess Charlotte 'excited' for first day at school with Prince George

Princess Charlotte was all smiles as she arrived for her first day at Thomas' Battersea school with her parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Charlotte, who celebrated her fourth birthday in May, was also joined by her big brother Prince George, 6, who has been attending the school for two years.

The cheeky Royal was uncharacteristically apprehensive but made sure to wave to the cameras up her arrival.

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Princess Charlotte seemed unusually shy on her first day.

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Prince George held onto his father's hand as he greeted his headteacher Helen Haslem at the school gates.
The Duchess smiled and asked: "How are you? Did you have a nice summer?", and Ms Haslem bent down to shake George's hand and then Charlotte's.

Prince William then revealed Charlotte was "very excited" about her first day.

The school in south London is very expensive to attend if just one child is attending from reception to year 2 (ages 4-7), the cost is £6,429 per term.

Costs go up by nearly £1,000 for first children in years 3 to 8 (ages 7-13), with the termly cost rising up to £7,262.

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A second child attending in the same age group can attend Thomas’s for £6,305 per term.
The yearly cost for Charlotte would be £18,915, and both children together would cost £38,202.

Thomas’s Battersea, which describes itself as a Christian school, is open to children of all faiths, and teaches pupils that kindness is as important as academic success.

Pupils are taught art, ballet, drama, ICT, French, music and physical education by specialist teachers.

George, who is six, started at the school in September 2017, where he was accompanied by dad, Prince William.

Kate Middleton was not in attendance for his first day, as she was suffering from morning sickness while pregnant with Prince Louis.