We are back with an update on plans for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s future as well as Archie’s. As most readers know there was a meeting at Sandringham this afternoon that included HM, Prince Charles, Prince William, and Prince Harry. There were also reports the Duchess, who is in Canada, would join the meeting by telephone. Below, the gates at the entrance to Sandringham this afternoon.
Not long after the meeting broke up and the royals were seen departing the estate, the Queen released a statement.
Much has been made of the highly personal tone of the statement, written in the first person. One of the more striking elements to me (Susan K.) was how many times The Queen used the word “family” in the statement. For this is a family crisis and family business issue as much as it is anything else. There are also multiple references to the couple by their first names, but in the fourth paragraph HM also says, “the Sussexes”. Much is being read into this. The reality is that we are not going to know of the true significance, if any, until more specifics about Meghan and Harry’s future are revealed. Here are additional thoughts from Victoria Murphy’s story in Town & Country:
Notable, too, is the Queen’s staggeringly informal use of “Harry and Meghan.” Much has already been made of whether the Sussex’s will retain titles in their new roles; however, the use of first names in this statement primarily serves to reminds us that this came a grandmother writing about the future happiness of members of her family. The ultimate goal, she said, was to help them “live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family”.
Here is a recap of what we do know:
- The Duchess is in Canada with the couple’s baby, Archie, and Meghan’s labrador and beagle.
- Last week the Queen is said to have stressed that she wanted decisions made and the situation resolved within days, rather than weeks.
- Working out details between governments about security for the couple, taxes, and other issues is likely to take longer than ‘days,’ as the issues are just too complex to be resolved that quickly.
- The matter of royal business activities is also extremely involved. The most recent guidelines were written in 2001 and require all business activities to be approved by the most senior member of the Queen’s household. The Lord Chamberlain, the Earl Peel, currently holds that position. (If interested in more info, this story has quite a bit of information.)
- Whatever the final arrangements are, they may also impact future generations in the ‘slimmed-down monarchy’ Prince Charles plans to implement when he is the monarch.
Earlier today Princes William and Harry joined together for a statement about a Times of London story (the story is behind a paywall). The article quoted a source saying that the Duke and Duchess felt they were being pushed away by a “bullying attitude from Prince William.” Below, the statement:
Despite clear denials, a false story ran in a UK newspaper today speculating about the relationship between the Duke of Sussex and the Duke of Cambridge.
For the brothers who care so deeply about the issues surrounding mental health, the use of inflammatory language in this way is offensive and potentially harmful.
Those looking for clues from the couple about their immediate future on the Sussex Royal website will be disappointed, at least as of this writing. The site was launched last Wednesday and there is no new content that we have noted.
And there is a “Strengthening the Commonwealth” section.
There is also an About page featuring a photo of the couple last October in New Zealand.
The site’s clean, crisp look was designed by Toronto-based Article, the same company that did Meghan’s lifestyle blog, The Tig.
We have been asked how the changes will impact What Meghan Wore. At this point, we don’t foresee significant changes to our coverage. We will continue to chronicle Meghan’s style and charitable work. We believe the events unfolding since last Wednesday merit coverage because they impact so many elements of the Duke and Duchess’s lives, transcending our usual ‘stick to fashion’ perspective.
Obviously, this is an extraordinary set of circumstances that is painful for all involved. We would ask that any comments be respectful and constructive.
The one other tidbit today involves our new look for the site. We hope some of the new features will be useful and also appealing. Susan Courter will have more details on those elements in a future post. Because we felt strongly we needed to post about today’s events we hastened the process to migrate everything to the new site and there are some details we are still working on. Do let us know your thoughts, we always appreciate the input!