ROYALS | Harry, Meghan To Quit Royal Jobs, Give Up “Highness” Titles

LONDON  – – Goodbye, your royal highnesses. Hello, life as – almost – ordinary civilians.

Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, are quitting as working royals and will no longer use the titles “royal highness” or receive public funds for their work under a deal announced Saturday by Buckingham Palace.

Releasing details of the dramatic split, triggered by the couple’s unhappiness with life under media scrutiny in the royal fishbowl, the palace said Harry and Meghan will cease to be working members of royal family when the new arrangements take effect within months, in the “spring of 2020”.

The couple will no longer use the prestigious titles His Royal Highness and Her Royal Highness, but they are not being stripped of them.

They will be known as Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan , Duchess of Sussex. Harry will remain a prince and sixth in line to the British throne.

The agreement also calls for Meghan and Harry to repay 2.4 million pounds ($3.1 million) in taxpayers’ money that was spent renovating a house for them near Windsor Castle, Frogmore Cottage. The use of public funds to ready their home has raised ire in the British press.

The announcement came after days of talks among royal courtiers sparked by Meghan and Harry’s announcement last week that they wanted to step down as senior royals and live part-time somewhere in Canada.

The couple’s departure is a wrench for the royal family, but Queen Elizabeth II had warm words for them in a statement Saturday.

The 93-year-old queen said she was pleased that “together we have found a constructive and supportive way forward for my grandson and his family. Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family”.

“I recognize the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life” Elizabeth said.

“It is my hole family’s hope today’s agreement allows them to start building a happy and peaceful new life”, she added.

Despite the queen’s kind words, the new arrangement will represent an almost complete break from life as working royals, especially for Harry. As a devoted Army veteran and servant to the crown, the price carried out dozens of royal engagement.

It is not yet clear whether Harry and Meghan will continue to receive financial support from Harry’s father, Prince Charles, who used revenue from the Duchy of Cornwall to help fund his activities and those of his wife and sons.

The duchy, chartered in 1337, produced more than 20 million pounds in revenue last year. It is widely regarded as  private money, not public funds, so Charles may opt to keep details of its disbursal private.

While he and Meghan will no longer represent the queen, the palace said they would “continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty” while carrying out their private charitable works.

The withdrawal of Harry from royal engagements will increase the demands on his brother, Prince William, and William’s wife, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge.

Bukingham Palace did not disclose who will pay for the couple’s security going forward. It currently is taxpayer-funded and carried out primarily by a special unit of the Metropolitan Police, also known as Scotland Yard.

“There are well established independent processes to determine the need for publicly funded security”, it said.

Harry and Meghan have grown increasingly uncomfortable with constant media scrutiny since the birth in May of their son, Archie. They married in 2018 in a ceremony that drew a worldwide TV audience.

Meghan joined the royal family after a successful acting career and spoke enthusiastically about the chance to travel throughout Britain and learn about her new home, but disillusionment set in fairly quickly.

She launched legal action against a newspaper in October for publishing a letter she wrote to her father. Harry has complained bitterly of racist undertones some media coverage of his wife, who is biracial.

There has also been a breach in the longtime close relationship between Harry and William, a future king, over issues that have not been made public.

The couple’s desire to separate from the rest of the family had been the subject of media speculation for months. But they angered senior royals by revealing their plans on Instagram and a new website without advance clearance from the queen or palace officials.

Elizabeth summoned Harry, William, and Charles, to an unusual crisis meeting at her rural retreat in eastern England in an effort to find common ground.

The result was Saturday’s agreement, which is different from Harry and Meghan’s initial proposal that they planned to combine a new, financially independent life with a reduced set of royal duties.


CORONAVIRUS ALERT | Georgia Reports First Coronavirus Case In The Country

TIBILISI – Georgia on Wednesday reported the first case of coronavirus in the country. Health minister Ekaterine Tikaradze said an infected Georgian citizen, who was travelling from Iran, crossed the border from neighboring Azaerbaijan. ‘He was immediately taken to hospital from the border check-point’, she said. Tikaradze said the infected man, who traveled by mini-bus … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS ALERT | Georgia Reports First Coronavirus Case In The Country

9

SAUDI ARABIA | Saudi Crown Prince Meets With President Of Algeria

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – –  Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, met in Ryiadh Wednesday with President Abdelmajid Tebboune of the People’s Democratic Republic of Alergia, currently on a state visit to the Kingdom, at his guest residence. During the … Continue reading SAUDI ARABIA | Saudi Crown Prince Meets With President Of Algeria

9

SAUDI ARABIA | Saudi Crown Prince Meets With Mauritanian President

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, met in Riyadh today with President Mohamed Oul Ghazouani of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, currently on a visit to the Kingdom, at his guest residence. During the meeting, they reviewed the aspects of Saudi-Mauritanian … Continue reading SAUDI ARABIA | Saudi Crown Prince Meets With Mauritanian President

SAUDI ARABIA | King Salman Holds Official Talks With President of Mauritania

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz received in Riyadh on Wednesday President of Mauritania Mohamed Ould Ghazouani. They held talks on bilateral relations and ways to bolster them in various fields, especially in economy and business. They also tackled the latest regional developments. Earlier, an official … Continue reading SAUDI ARABIA | King Salman Holds Official Talks With President of Mauritania

SAUDI ARABIA | SAGIA To Become An Independent Ministry

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Transforming the Saudi General Investment Authority (SAGIA) into an independent ministry represents a fundamental shift in the national economy. Such a move would diversify production and attract qualitative investments, according to an economist and member of the Saudi Shura Council. Saudi Arabia announced Tuesday that SAGIA will become the Ministry … Continue reading SAUDI ARABIA | SAGIA To Become An Independent Ministry

SPORT | Sports Events Hit By The Coronavirus Epidemic

SPORT | Sports Events Hit By The Coronavirus Epidemic BUCHAREST | ROMANIA – The following is a list of international sports events hit by the outbreak of the new coronavirus. ATHLETICS The World Athletics Indoor Championships, scheduled for Nanjing from March 13-15, were postponed until next year. World Athletics is working with organizers, were postponed … Continue reading SPORT | Sports Events Hit By The Coronavirus Epidemic

<> on July 10, 2018 in London, England.

ROYALS | ‘Call Me Harry’, Says Informal U.K Prince As He Starts Last Round Of Royal Duties

EDINBURGH – Britain’s Prince Harry started the last round of his royal duties on an informal note on Wednesday, making it clear the audience listening to his speech on sustainable travel in Edinburgh should simply call him Harry. Queen Elizabeth’s grandson and his American wife Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have announced they … Continue reading ROYALS | ‘Call Me Harry’, Says Informal U.K Prince As He Starts Last Round Of Royal Duties

CORONAVIRUS ALERT | Germany Sees No Need For Travel Warning For Italy Over Coronavirus

BERLIN | GERMANY – – The German government sees no need to advise its citizens against travel to Italy, which has become a new front line in the global outbreak of the new coronavirus outbreak that started in China, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Wednesday. ‘We are far from this scenario’, the spokesman told … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS ALERT | Germany Sees No Need For Travel Warning For Italy Over Coronavirus

BUSINESS | Too Early To Assess Impact Of Coronavirus On EU Economy: Commission

BRUSSELS – It is still too early to assess the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the European Union economy, the bloc’s economics commissioner Paolo Gentiloni said on Wednesday. ‘An assemenet and a serious forecast is not yet possible’, Gentiloni told a news conference in Brussels, acknowledging that there had already been ‘a partial materialization’ … Continue reading BUSINESS | Too Early To Assess Impact Of Coronavirus On EU Economy: Commission

CORONAVIRUS ALERT | Coronavirus Cases Rise In Italy, With Children Among New Cases

ROME – – An outbreak of coronavirus in northern Italy worsened on Wednesday, with more than 30 new cases confirmed in the two worst-hit regions and children found to have the illness for the first time. Officials in Lombardy, which includes Italy’s financial capital Milan, said cases had risen overnight to 259 from 240 on … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS ALERT | Coronavirus Cases Rise In Italy, With Children Among New Cases

DUBAI ROYAL DIVORCE | Verdicts Delivered In Child Wardship Battle Between Dubai Ruler And Ex-Wife, Court Hears

LONDON – Verdicts have been given in the largest stage of a legal vettle between Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum and his former wife Princess Haya bint Al-Hussein over their children, London’s Court of Appeal heard on Wednesday. The court was due to hear a challenge by Mohammed against publication of previous rulings … Continue reading DUBAI ROYAL DIVORCE | Verdicts Delivered In Child Wardship Battle Between Dubai Ruler And Ex-Wife, Court Hears

BREAKING NEWS | Algerian Leader To Go To Saudi Arabia In First State Visit Since Election

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – – Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune will travel to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, state media reported, his first state visit since being elected in December. Ebboune is making the trip as Algeria seeks to build support for a summit meeting it plan to host on the crisis in neighboring Libya and … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | Algerian Leader To Go To Saudi Arabia In First State Visit Since Election

TRAVEL ALERT | Lebanon Restricts Flights To Countries With Coronavirus, Halts Pilgrimage Trips

BEIRUT | LEBANON – The Lebanese government decided to restrict flights to countries with coronavirus outbreak and to completely halt flights for pilgrims, the information minister said after a cabinet meeting on Tuesday. Lebanese Muslim regularly fly to Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia on pilgrimage. Lebanon declared its first confirmed case of coronavirus on Friday, … Continue reading TRAVEL ALERT | Lebanon Restricts Flights To Countries With Coronavirus, Halts Pilgrimage Trips

CORONAVIRUS ALERT | Spain Reports First Coronavirus Case On Mainland, Hotel In Canaries Locked Down

MADRID – Spain discovered its first case of the coronavirus on the mainland on Tuesday after a four-star hotel in the Canary Islands was lacked down for tests when a guest, and then his wife, were found to be infected. The government said a woman from Barcelona had tested positive for the virus after a … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS ALERT | Spain Reports First Coronavirus Case On Mainland, Hotel In Canaries Locked Down

BUSINESS | Saudi PIF Unit SEVEN To Build Them Parks And Entertainment Centers Across The Kingdom

JEDDAH | The Saudi Entertainment Ventures Company (SEVEN) plans to develop them parks and entertainment centers around the country. Plans include 20 entertainment destinations, 50 cinemas and two large them parks in prime locations across the Kingdom, the Public Investment Fund unit said in a  statement on Tuesday. Each complex will feature several entertainment and … Continue reading BUSINESS | Saudi PIF Unit SEVEN To Build Them Parks And Entertainment Centers Across The Kingdom

<> on July 10, 2018 in London, England.

ROYALS | Harry, Meghan Say Queen Doesn’t Own The Word ‘Royal’

LONDON |  The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have posted a statement on their website about the decision of Queen Elizabeth II on banning the couple from using the ‘Royal’ world in their brand. Harry and Meghan said in  their new statement they would stop using the world ‘royal’ in their branding in the spring. … Continue reading ROYALS | Harry, Meghan Say Queen Doesn’t Own The Word ‘Royal’

BUSINESS | OPEC+ Will Respond Responsibly To Spread Of Coronavirus, Says Saudi Energy Minister

RIYADH | Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said on Tuesday he was confident that OPEC and its partner oil-producing nations, the so-called OPEC+ group, would respond responsible to the spread of the coronavirus. He also said Saudi Arabia and Russia would continue to engage regarding oil policy. ‘Everything serious requires behind attended … Continue reading BUSINESS | OPEC+ Will Respond Responsibly To Spread Of Coronavirus, Says Saudi Energy Minister

BUSINESS | Goldman Steps Up Staff Travel Restrictions As Coronavirus Spread

LONDON – Goldman Sachs has restricted all business travel to, from and within South Korea and the Northern Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto in the wake of the coronavirus spread, a staff memo seen by Reuters on Tuesday shows. The Wall Street lender has also advised staff to postpone all non – essential travel … Continue reading BUSINESS | Goldman Steps Up Staff Travel Restrictions As Coronavirus Spread

CORONAVIRUS ALERT | Italy’s Coronavirus Outbreak Spread From Its Northern Epicenter

ROME – Italy’s coronavirus outbreak began spreading on Tuesday from its origins in the northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto, with new cases reported in central Tuscany, the coastal region of Liguaria and Sicily in the south. Sicily’s regional governor Nello Musumeci said a tourist from Bergamo, in Lombardy, had been hospitalized in the island’s … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS ALERT | Italy’s Coronavirus Outbreak Spread From Its Northern Epicenter

TRAVEL ALERT | UAE Suspends All Flights With Iran Over Coronavirus Outbreak

DUBAI | The United Arab Emirates has suspended all flights to and from Iran for at least a week due to the spread of the new coronavirus in the Islamic republic, state news agency WAM reported, citing a directive from the Gulf Arab state’s aviation authority. The suspension affects passenger and cargo flights of UAE … Continue reading TRAVEL ALERT | UAE Suspends All Flights With Iran Over Coronavirus Outbreak

CORONAVIRUS ALERT | Kuwait Reports Three New Cases Of Coronavirus, Raising Total To Eight

DUBAI – – Kuwait said on Tuesday three more nationals had been infected with the coronavirus, all of them people who had return from Iran, state news agency KUNA reported. The three new cases – who were in a stable condition and under quarantine – brought the total number of in Kuwait to eight, KUNA  … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS ALERT | Kuwait Reports Three New Cases Of Coronavirus, Raising Total To Eight

HEALTH | Does Having Boys Or Girls Run In Families? New Study Say It’s Down To Chance

My mother was one of four sisters. I have a younger sister, and between the two of us, we have four daughter. We’re not the only one who appear to have one sex run in the family. Everyone knows a family who has a boy…and a boy…and then another, all in a row? Some scientists … Continue reading HEALTH | Does Having Boys Or Girls Run In Families? New Study Say It’s Down To Chance

CORONAVIRUS ALERT | Trump: ‘Coronavirus Is Very Much Under Control In The USA’

NEW YORK – – President Trump tweeted from India about coronavirus saying that it’s ‘very much under control in the USA’. Trump also tweeted that the ‘stock market starting to look very good to me’ linking the two – despite the Dow closing more than 1,000 points down Monday. This is Trump’s second tweet in … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS ALERT | Trump: ‘Coronavirus Is Very Much Under Control In The USA’

CORONAVIRUS ALERT | Brazil To Check Arrivals From Italy, France, Germany For Coronavirus Symptoms

BRASILIA – Brazil has added an extra nine countries to its coronavirus alert list, including Italy, France and Germany, a spokesman for the Health Ministry said on Monday. The measures means passengers entering Brazil from these countries showing coronavirus symptoms, such as fever or coughing, will be placed under suspicion and potentially be subject to … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS ALERT | Brazil To Check Arrivals From Italy, France, Germany For Coronavirus Symptoms

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s