Prince William's last-ditch attempt to end Harry rift before bombshell

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The Sussexes' announcement Wednesday that they are taking a step back from royal duties has caused shockwaves across the United Kingdom, with speculation that the royal family, particularly the queen, were not aware the couple's announcement of their plans was going to be made public so soon.

It remains to be seen what the future holds for Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, the Queen and the royal family.

An hour and 40 minutes later, the palace, which appeared to be in a state of confusion, made a brief statement saying that the discussions were still at an early stage and associated with "complicated problems".

The talks were triggered after the couple released a "personal message" on Wednesday in which they revealed their plans to scale down their royal engagements and "become financially independent".

In reply, Prince Charles asked Harry to submit a letter which spoke about their new plan in great detail.

But after a turbulent year which saw a widening rift with the media and reports of differences with elder brother Prince William, Harry said the couple hoped to become financially independent and set up a new charity, while continuing some royal duties.

The royal commentator said there will also be other questions, such as who will pay for their security, and how the couple plans to justify keeping their home at Frogmore Cottage on the grounds of Windsor Castle, which was a gift from the Queen.

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Following the documentary, a Kensington Palace source said William was genuinely anxious about Harry and Meghan's seemingly fragile emotional state. "This geographical balance will allow us to raise our son with an appreciation of the real tradition in which he was born, while providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity, "they explained".

"Meghan and Harry do not need my help in figuring out what's best for them".

"Perhaps she'd have to be careful about what roles she'd do because she is a member of the royal family, so she couldn't do too many racy sex scenes for instance", said Royal biographer Penny Junor.

Meanwhile, on their new website, they said they would no longer work with the Royal Rota - an established system that facilitated access to the media and alternately reported events and shared reports.

The coverage of Meghan has been likened to that of Harry's mother, Princess Diana, who was regularly a target of incessant and negative tabloid coverage.

An observer in Quebec commented: "Y'know, the company that cuts break times for employees on minimum wages. and offers free coffee for members of the royal family". To be able to stand up and say this all is what I really want for my baby and my family and now I am going to do it in a different way when it has been done that way for a thousand years?

He waded in after British writer Afua Hirsch penned an opinion piece for The New York Times, in which she said: "Harry and Meghan's act of leaving - two fingers up at the racism of the British establishment - might be the most meaningful act of royal leadership I'm ever likely to see". The connection between The Duchess and these women began a year prior, as she supported them in the creation of "Together", a charity cookbook which celebrates the power of cooking to bring communities together.

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