Royal aides face a barrage of problems in bid to find Harry and Meghan solution

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's plans have led to many unanswered questions.

Critics have questioned whether their desire to step back as senior royals, earn their own money and still support the Queen with royal duties is actually feasible.

Now the monarch has demanded the four royal households find a workable solution within days, not weeks.

If solutions cannot be found, it raises the prospect of Harry and Meghan leaving the royal family completely and dropping their HRH titles.

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Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attend the WE Day UK event at the SSE Arena in Wembley, London, Britain, March 6, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit the New Zealand House to sign the book of condolence on behalf of the Royal Family in London, Britain March 19, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave after a Commonwealth Day youth event at Canada House in London, Britain, March 11, 2019. Chris Jackson/Pool via REUTERS
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex leave Westminster Abbey, London, after attending a National Service to mark the centenary of the Armistice.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex wear traditional Maori cloaks called a Korowai during a visit to Te Papaiouru, Ohinemutu, in Rotorua, before a lunch in honour of Harry and Meghan, on day four of the royal couple's tour of New Zealand.
The Duchess of Sussex during a visit to Te Papaiouru, Ohinemutu, in Rotorua, before a lunch in honour of Harry and Meghan, on day four of the royal couple's tour of New Zealand.
The Duchess of Sussex waves to the crowds at Government Gardens during their visit to Rotorua, New Zealand on October 31, 2018. (Photo by Alan Gibson/New Zealand Herald/Sipa USA)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during a visit to the Kiwi Breeding Programme at Rainbow Springs in Rotorua, New Zealand, on day four of the royal couple's tour of New Zealand.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex walk through a forest during a visit to Redwoods Tree Walk and Mountain Biking Showcase in Rotorua, New Zealand, on day four of the royal couple's tour of New Zealand.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex wear traditional Maori cloaks called Korowai during a visit to Te Papaiouru, Ohinemutu, in Rotorua, before a lunch in honour of Harry and Meghan, on day four of the royal couple's tour of New Zealand.
Meghan Duchess of Sussex attends a reception hosted by the Prime Minister at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, on day three of the royal couple's tour of New Zealand. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
The Duchess of Sussex presents an award to En-Hakkorey Lautasi Pepese during a visit to Pillars, in Auckland, New Zealand, which is a charity operating across New Zealand that supports children who have a parent in prison by providing special mentoring schemes, on day three of the royal couple's tour of New Zealand.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (right) during a visit to Pillars, in Auckland, New Zealand, which is a charity operating across New Zealand that supports children who have a parent in prison by providing special mentoring schemes, on day three of the royal couple's tour of New Zealand.
Prince Harry Duke of Sussex and Meghan Duchess of Sussex take part in the dedication of the Carol Whaley Native Bush to the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy. They also planted two trees and took part in a Welly Wanging contest which Team Duchess of Sussex won at Redvale, North Shore, New Zealand. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Prince Harry Duke of Sussex and Meghan Duchess of Sussex take part in the dedication of the Carol Whaley Native Bush to the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy. They also planted two trees and took part in a Welly Wanging contest which Team Duchess of Sussex won at Redvale, North Shore, New Zealand. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stand under an umbrella during a heavy downpour of rain as they attend a dedication of an area of bush to the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy, in Redvale on the North Shore, on day three of the royal couple's tour of New Zealand.
The Duchess of Sussex takes part in a welly wanging contest following a dedication of an area of bush to the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy, in Redvale on the North Shore, on day three of the royal couple's tour of New Zealand.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex pose for a photo with actors in costume during a visit to Courtenay Creative, in Wellington, on day two of the royal couple's tour of New Zealand.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are greeted by actors in costume as they arrive for a visit to Courtenay Creative, in Wellington, on day two of the royal couple's tour of New Zealand.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, ahead of meeting with young people in the mental health sector at the Wellington Cafe, Wellington, New Zealand.
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (C) and Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (L) leave with Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (R) and Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (2R) after attending the wedding of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Gareth Fuller / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read GARETH FULLER/AFP/Getty Images)
FRENSHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 04: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the wedding of Charlie Van Straubenzee on August 4, 2018 in Frensham, United Kingdom. Prince Harry attended the same prep school as Charlie van Straubenzee and have been good friends ever since. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
TOPSHOT - Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wave from the Ascot Landau Carriage during their carriage procession on the Long Walk as they head back towards Windsor Castle in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo credit should read TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R) removes the veil of US actress Meghan Markle (L) as they stand at the altar together before Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby (C) in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 during their wedding ceremony. (Photo by Owen Humphreys / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read OWEN HUMPHREYS/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex kisses his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex as they leave from the West Door of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony. (Photo by Danny Lawson / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANNY LAWSON/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex kisses his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex as they leave from the West Door of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex emerge from the West Door of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / various sources / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife, Britain's Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex leave St George's Chapel after their wedding ceremony in Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Jonathan Brady / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read JONATHAN BRADY/AFP/Getty Images)
BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend an engagement at the charity, 'Survivors' Network' during an official visit to Sussex on October 3, 2018 in Brighton, United Kingdom. The Duke and Duchess married on May 19th 2018 in Windsor and were conferred The Duke & Duchess of Sussex by The Queen. (Photo by WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WIDNES, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 14: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex's hair is blown in the wind as she attends a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in Widnes, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
WIDNES, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 14: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Queen Elizabeth II attend a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in Widnes, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at the University of Chichester, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, as part of their first joint official visit to Sussex. Picture date: Wednesday October 3rd, 2018. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/ EMPICS.
Meghan Markle, The Duchess of Sussex, pictured at Aras an Uachtarain in Dublin, where she met the President of Ireland, Michael Higgins. Picture date: Wednesday July 11th, 2018. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/ EMPICS Entertainment.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at a garden party at Buckingham Palace in London which they are attending as their first royal engagement as a married couple.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wedding date announced as May 19, 2018. File Photo by: KGC-03/STAR MAX/IPx 2017 11/27/17 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during an official photocall to announce the engagement of Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle at The Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017 in London, England. His Royal Highness Prince Harry Of Wales and Ms. Meghan Markle are engaged to be married. The wedding will take place in Spring 2018. The couple became engaged in London earlier this month. Prince Harry informed The Queen and other close members of his family and also sought and received the blessing of Ms. Markle's parents. (London, England, UK)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wedding date announced as May 19, 2018. File Photo by: KGC-375/STAR MAX/IPx 2017 11/27/17 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during an official photocall to announce the engagement of Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle at The Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017 in London, England. His Royal Highness Prince Harry Of Wales and Ms. Meghan Markle are engaged to be married. The wedding will take place in Spring 2018. The couple became engaged in London earlier this month. Prince Harry informed The Queen and other close members of his family and also sought and received the blessing of Ms. Markle's parents. (London, England, UK)
In this photo released by Kensington Palace on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pose an official engagement photo, at Frogmore House, in Windsor, England. (Alexi Lubomirski via AP)
In this photo released by Kensington Palace on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pose for one of two official engagement photos, at Frogmore House, in Windsor, England. (Alexi Lubomirski via AP)
Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit the New Zealand High Commission to sign a book of condolence on behalf of the Royal Family, in London, Britain March 19, 2019. Ian Vogler/Pool via REUTERS
Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at Westminster Abbey for a Commonwealth Day service in London, Britain March 11, 2019. Richard Pohle/Pool via REUTERS
Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave after the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey, on Commonwealth Day, in London, Britain March 11, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave after a Commonwealth Day youth event at Canada House in London, Britain, March 11, 2019. Chris Jackson/Pool via REUTERS
Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attend the WE Day UK event at the SSE Arena in Wembley, London, Britain, March 6, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry the Duke of Sussex greet Princess Lalla Meryem and Princess Lalla Hasna during an audience with King Mohammed VI of Morocco at his residence in Rabat, Morocco February 25, 2019. Yui Mok/Pool via REUTERS
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The Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge have asked their senior aides to work "at pace" with governments – at home and abroad – and The Sussex Household.

Here's a look at some of the problems that need to be decided upon.

– Funding

This is one of the most contentious issues.

Harry and Meghan want to be financially independent and earn their own money, but still say they will be supporting the Queen in their duties.

The Prince of Wales currently pays for most of their official duties and some of their private costs through his £21 million a year Duchy of Cornwall income, but will this continue?

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Charles pays for Harry's public duties (Steve Parsons/PA)

Taxpayers foot the bill for official travel through the Sovereign Grant, but will the taxpayer have to pay as Harry and Meghan travel to and from North America as they carry out private work to earn their own income.

Will the taxpayer still pay for travel on official tours, if there are any?

– Security

The Sussexes' website indicates British taxpayers will still have to cover the cost of their police protection officers.

But only senior royals tend to get police protection, so should the public still have to pay for Harry and Meghan's police guards?

The Duke of York now pays for Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie's security after facing many years of criticism because they were not working royals.

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Police officers patrol Windsor ahead of Harry and Meghan's wedding in 2018 (Toby Melville/PA)

Frequent travel between North America and the UK will also require additional security, and will the British taxpayers have to pay for Archie's security as well as he grows up?

What will the cost be of guarding Frogmore Cottage when it stands empty, and the same for a property abroad?

Will the Canadians or the US, if they move there, have to contribute to the security costs? How will this be split?

How will Harry, Meghan and Archie's security be ensured if they do not use highly trained police protection officers, and drivers?

– Official duties

The prospect of dual roles as royals who earn private money is fraught with problems.

Royal financial expert David McClure described it as a "toxic mix".

Harry and Meghan say they want "to carve out a progressive new role within this institution".

But they have been accused of going rogue and trying to rip up the royal book which has evolved over hundreds of years.

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Harry and Meghan on an official visit (Victoria Jones/PA)

Questions that need answers include:

– What official engagements will Harry and Meghan carry out and how many?

– What proportion of their time will be spent on royal duties, and what will happen to their Commonwealth roles, their charities and their patronages?

– How will they ensure there is not a conflict of interest between their royal duties and their private work?

– Cashing in on royal status

One of the major problems for royals earning their own money is being accused of cashing in on royal status.

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Sarah, Duchess of York was caught up in the cash-for-access scandal, offering to sell an introduction to the Duke of York (Toby Melville/PA)

The Countess of Wessex and Sarah, Duchess of York faced such problems, with Sophie in the end quitting her PR business to become a full time royal instead.

Royal aides will have to look at how to avoid Harry and Meghan being accused of profiting financially from their royal connections.

– Homes

The duke and duchess plan to split their time between the UK and North America – presumably Canada, or California where Meghan's mother Doria Ragland lives – but how will their transatlantic lifestyle work?

Their website says they will continue to live at Frogmore Cottage.

But presumably the Queen, who gave permission for the couple to use the home as their official residence, will still agree to this.

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The Sussexes, in Windsor Castle, live at Frogmore Cottage (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

They will also need a base in North America, but who will pay for this property?

Will taxpayers have to refurbish this home because Harry and Meghan are still members of the royal family, or will they pay for it themselves?

Frogmore Cottage was also renovated at a cost of £2.4 million by the taxpayer, with more costs likely to be published in the royal accounts this summer.

Royal aides could even face calls from the taxpayers for Harry and Meghan to repay this money.

When Windsor Castle caught fire in 1992, public opinion had turned against the royals amid fears that taxpayers would have to foot the bill for the castle's repairs.

In the end, the Queen agreed to pay 70% of the £36.5 million costs by opening Buckingham Palace to the public for the first time to generate extra income.

It was also announced that she would pay income tax for the first time and cut down the size of the Civil List.

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