WINDSOR, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive on the long Walk at Windsor Castle arrive to view flowers and tributes to HM Queen Elizabeth on September 10, 2022 in Windsor, England. Crowds have gathered and tributes left at the gates of Windsor Castle to Queen Elizabeth II, who died at Balmoral Castle on 8 September, 2022. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Why People Say Meghan And Harry Live Out A 'Third Way' Of Being Royals
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Despite having stepped down from official royal duties in January 2020, Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, and Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, stood alongside the royal family as they grieved the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. However, there was a point before stepping down when Prince Harry proposed a different way of leading royal life — the "third way" of being a royal.
A royal insider explained this proposal in detail to the Daily Mail, suggesting that Harry and Meghan were looking to serve Queen Elizabeth II still and keep their royal titles and patronages. However, they also wanted to earn their own money rather than relying on the Sovereign Grant and the Privy Purse.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex wanted to continue working for the charities, organizations, and patronages they were associated
with. However, a statement issued by Buckingham Palace stated, "stepping away from the work of the Royal Family, it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service."
The queen ultimately decided that Harry and Meghan could not live out their "third way" of being royals and therefore, had to return "the honorary military appointments and royal patronages," to the queen. The titles were then "redistributed among working members of the royal family."