Megxit: The unanswered questions

With the Duke and Duchess of Sussex quitting royal life completely, there are many issues that remain unanswered or that are still to be decided upon.

– When will the changes take place?

There is no exact date for Megxit yet.

Buckingham Palace said it will be in the spring of 2020, following a period of transition, so Harry and Meghan's final days as working royals could be in March, April or as late as May.

The couple, who will in the future be known as Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, are, as such, still using their HRH styles and the titles the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

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The Duke of Sussex with children playing rugby in the Buckingham Palace gardens, London, as he hosts the Rugby League World Cup 2021 draws. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 16: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex hosts the Rugby League World Cup 2021 draws for the men's, women's and wheelchair tournaments at Buckingham Palace on January 16, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 16: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex hosts the Rugby League World Cup 2021 draws for the men's, women's and wheelchair tournaments at Buckingham Palace on January 16, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 16: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, the Patron of the Rugby Football League hosts the Rugby League World Cup 2021 draws at Buckingham Palace on January 16, 2020 in London, England. The Rugby League World Cup 2021 will take place from October 23rd through to November 27th, 2021 in 17 cities across England. (Photo by Jeremy Selwyn - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 16: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex hosts the Rugby League World Cup 2021 draws for the men's, women's and wheelchair tournaments at Buckingham Palace on January 16, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex gestures during the draw for the Rugby League World Cup 2021 at Buckingham Palace in London on January 16, 2019. (Photo by Jeremy Selwyn / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JEREMY SELWYN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex gestures as he chats to school children prior to the draw for the Rugby League World Cup 2021 at Buckingham Palace in London on January 16, 2019. (Photo by Jeremy Selwyn / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JEREMY SELWYN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 16: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, the Patron of the Rugby Football League hosts the Rugby League World Cup 2021 draws at Buckingham Palace on January 16, 2020 in London, England. The Rugby League World Cup 2021 will take place from October 23rd through to November 27th, 2021 in 17 cities across England. (Photo by Jeremy Selwyn - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The Duke of Sussex in the Buckingham Palace gardens, London, as he hosts the Rugby League World Cup 2021 draws. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Duke of Sussex with children playing rugby in the Buckingham Palace gardens, London, as he hosts the Rugby League World Cup 2021 draws. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex arrives to watch children play rugby league prior to the draw for the Rugby League World Cup 2021 at Buckingham Palace in London on January 16, 2019. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 16: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, the Patron of the Rugby Football League hosts the Rugby League World Cup 2021 draws at Buckingham Palace on January 16, 2020 in London, England. The Rugby League World Cup 2021 will take place from October 23rd through to November 27th, 2021 in 17 cities across England. (Photo by Jeremy Selwyn - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 16: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, the Patron of the Rugby Football League poses with children from a local school after watching them play rugby league in the Buckingham Palace gardens before the Rugby League World Cup 2021 draws for the men's, women's and wheelchair tournaments at Buckingham Palace on January 16, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 16: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, the Patron of the Rugby Football League talks to children from a local school after watching them play rugby league in the Buckingham Palace gardens before the Rugby League World Cup 2021 draws for the men's, women's and wheelchair tournaments at Buckingham Palace on January 16, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 16: Kids play rugby ahead of Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, the Patron of the Rugby Football League visit to host the Rugby League World Cup 2021 draws for the men's, women's and wheelchair tournaments at Buckingham Palace on January 16, 2020 in London, England. The Rugby League World Cup 2021 will take place from October 23rd through to November 27th, 2021 in 17 cities across England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
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– Who will pay for their security?

This is one of the most problematic areas. Buckingham Palace is not commenting on the couple's security arrangements.

But it has said: "There are well-established independent processes to determine the need for publicly-funded security."

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The Duchess of Sussex is escorted through a market in Suva, Fiji, during an official tour (Ian Vogler/PA)

It is not known whether taxpayers will continue to fund Harry and Meghan's personal protection officers, or whether the couple will eventually finance their own security and what Canada will have to pay.

– Where will they live in Canada?

Meghan has been staying on Vancouver Island, but the family will be looking for a permanent home.

They could remain in British Colombia or head to Toronto where Meghan lived while filming Suits, but their exit plan means they have the freedom to live wherever they want.

– What about Meghan's citizenship?

This is still unclear. At the time of their engagement, Kensington Palace said Meghan would be applying for British citizenship.

The engagement
At the time of their engagement, it was announced that Meghan would be applying for British citizenship (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

But it was not specified whether she would hold dual American citizenship.

It is not known what stage the process was at or what will happen now.

– How will they make money?

Quitting royal life means the couple are free to seek employment.

No commercial deals have been signed so far, but their financial independence means they could seek out fashion lines, sponsorship, become involved with Netflix or Disney, write books, or Meghan could resurrect her lifestyle blog or acting career.

But the Palace said the couple have vowed that "everything they do will continue to uphold the values" of the Queen.

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The Sussexes have pledged to uphold the Queen's values in their new life (Joe Giddens/PA)

– What about the Sussex Royal Foundation and can they still use the Sussex Royal name?

This has not been decided yet. It is difficult to see how Harry and Meghan could continue to use the word Royal after their departure from royal life.

A date for the Foundation's launch is still to be confirmed.

– How much will they pay back for Frogmore Cottage?

The total amount of taxpayers' money Harry and Meghan will pay back for the renovation of their Windsor home is not yet known.

Frogmore Cottage
Harry and Meghan's UK home, Frogmore Cottage (Steve Parsons/PA)

It will include the £2.4 million of Sovereign Grant money spent on Frogmore Cottage listed in the 2018-2019 royal accounts.

But this did not include the cost of exterior painting and landscaping which will appear in this year's accounts, so the final amount will be higher.

– When will we next see Harry and Meghan together at an official royal engagement in the UK before the changes take place?

Who knows? No engagements have been announced so far.

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The royals at the Commonwealth Day service in Westminster Abbey in 2019 (Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA)

The Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey on March 10 is a big royal event so royal watchers will be waiting to see if Harry and Meghan attend this alongside the Windsors.

– Where will Archie go to school?

The family will be spending most of their time in North America.

If this continues, it is more than likely that Archie Mountbatten-Windsor will not have a British education, but nothing has been confirmed.

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Harry and Meghan visit Canada’s High Commission
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Harry and Meghan visit Canada’s High Commission
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex leaving after their visit to Canada House, central London, meeting with Canada's High Commissioner to the UK, Janice Charette (right), as well as staff to thank them for the warm hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave Canada House in London after thanking Canada's High Commissioner for Canada in the UK, Janice Charette (R) for the warm Canadian hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada. (Photo by Steve Taylor / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan Duchess of Sussex are greeted outside Canada House in London by Canada's High Commissioner for Canada in the UK, Janice Charette (L) and the deputy High Commissioner, Sarah Fountain Smith (2nd from left). (Photo by Steve Taylor / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave Canada House in London after thanking Canada's High Commissioner for Canada in the UK, Janice Charette for the warm Canadian hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada. (Photo by Steve Taylor / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrives at Canada House in London. Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan Duchess of Sussex met Canada's High Commissioner for Canada in the UK, Janice Charette thanking her for the warm Canadian hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada. (Photo by Steve Taylor / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
The Duchess of Sussex wearing a brown polo neck top and a Massimo Dutti skirt, and The Duke of Sussex visit Canada House in London on January 07, 2020.
The Duchess of Sussex wearing a brown polo neck top and a Massimo Dutti skirt, and The Duke of Sussex visit Canada House in London on January 07, 2020.
The Duchess of Sussex wearing a Reiss camel coat, and The Duke of Sussex visit Canada House in London on January 07, 2020.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex look at a special exhibition of art by Indigenous Canadian artist, Skawennati, in the Canada Gallery during their visit to Canada House, central London, meeting with Canada's High Commissioner to the UK, Janice Charette, as well as staff to thank them for the warm hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex look at a special exhibition of art by Indigenous Canadian artist, Skawennati, in the Canada Gallery during their visit to Canada House, central London, meeting with Canada's High Commissioner to the UK, Janice Charette, as well as staff to thank them for the warm hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex look at a special exhibition of art by Indigenous Canadian artist, Skawennati, in the Canada Gallery during their visit to Canada House, central London, meeting with Canada's High Commissioner to the UK, Janice Charette, as well as staff to thank them for the warm hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex leaving after their visit to Canada House, central London, meeting with Canada's High Commissioner to the UK, Janice Charette, as well as staff to thank them for the warm hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex leaving after their visit to Canada House, central London, meeting with Canada's High Commissioner to the UK, Janice Charette and the deputy High Commissioner, Sarah Fountain Smith (left), as well as staff to thank them for the warm hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada.
The Duchess of Sussex arrves for her visit to Canada House, central London, meeting with Canada's High Commissioner to the UK, Janice Charette, as well as staff to thank them for the warm hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex talk with the High Commissioner for Canada in the UK Janice Charette (2nd left) and the deputy High Commissioner Sarah Fountain Smith (left) during their visit to Canada House, central London, meeting staff to thank them for the warm hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during their visit to Canada House, central London, meeting with Canada's High Commissioner to the UK, Janice Charette, as well as staff to thank them for the warm hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during their visit to Canada House, central London, meeting with Canada's High Commissioner to the UK, Janice Charette, as well as staff to thank them for the warm hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada.
The Duchess of Sussex arriving for her visit to Canada House, central London, to meet with Canada's High Commissioner to the UK, Janice Charette, as well as staff, to thank them for the warm hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada.
The Duchess of Sussex arriving for the visit to Canada House, central London, to meet with Canada's High Commissioner to the UK, Janice Charette, as well as staff, to thank them for the warm hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada.
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– How much will the Prince of Wales give Harry and Meghan?

This is unlikely ever to be revealed. Charles will continue to offer private financial support to his youngest son and Meghan.

It could come from his £21 million-a-year private income from the Duchy of Cornwall landed estate, or from his own private investments.

Charles and Harry
The Prince of Wales with his youngest son, Harry (Paul Edwards/The Sun)

– What will happen in 12 months' time?

Impossible to tell. There is scope for the Queen, Charles, Harry and the Duke of Cambridge to review the arrangements in a year.

But they might decide there is no need for a meeting if all is going well.

Topics up for discussions might range from security and whether Charles's financial help will continue, to whether Harry and Meghan still retain Frogmore Cottage as a UK base or whether they make a complete move to North America.

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