Can Prince Harry and Meghan Markle really become financially independent?
FOX Business’ Ashley Webster breaks down the news that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are stepping away from the royal family and aiming to be financially independent.
SANDRINGHAM, England- Queen Elizabeth and her heirs meet Prince Harry on Monday to thrash out a plan for him and his actress wife Meghan after they triggered a family crisis by deciding to step back from royal duties and spend more time in North America.
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Harry's father and heir to the throne, Prince Charles, and his elder brother, Prince William, were to attend the meeting at the queen's rural Sandringham estate in eastern England, a palace source said.
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The shocking announcement by Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, has exposed divisions in the Windsor family and prompted soul searching over what it means to be royal in the 21st century.
The couple consulted neither the queen nor Charles on the announcement, made on Instagram and their own website, a step seen as impertinent and premature by a family whose roots go back through a thousand years of European history.
Meghan is in Canada with their infant son, Archie. She may join the discussion by telephone.
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She and Harry say they want a "progressive" new role for themselves and financial independence, which could mean working in the United States where Meghan is from.
But it is unclear how they will pull off a partial pullback from royal roles – which some media have dubbed "Megxit" in a play on Britain's tortuous Brexit departure from the European Union – or who will pay for a transatlantic lifestyle.
The couple's announcement has become a feast for British tabloid newspapers, with which Harry and Meghan have repeatedly clashed. Harry remains deeply affected by the hounding role the media played in the life and death of his mother, Princess Diana.