By Danyal Hussain For Mailonline
Published: 01:29 GMT, 9 January 2020 | Updated: 08:44 GMT, 9 January 2020
Prince Harry and Meghan unveiled a slick new website just moments after announcing they were stepping back from royal duties.
Posts on the website, sussexroyal.com, detail the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s ‘new working model’, explaining how they intend to go forward in a ‘progressive new role’ following the announcement that they are quitting the royal family.
They listed their new media relations policy, the future of their charities and also explained how they will be funded after claiming that they want to be financially independent.
In one astonishing statement, they complained they had been unable to earn their own money as senior royals.
Prince Harry and Meghan unveiled a slick new website just moments after announcing they were stepping back from royal duties
An image from the new website carrying a quote from Archbishop Desmond Tutu, which reads: ‘Do your little bit of good where you are: it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world’
The website, sussexroyal.com, details the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s ‘new working model’
Until now Harry and Meghan have been ‘prohibited from earning any income in any form’ – as they pointed out last night in the lengthy post on their official website.
They will give up their income from the Sovereign Grant – the money taxpayers give to the Queen every year – and launch themselves onto the international celebrity circuit.
They will need to strike lucrative commercial deals to maintain the lavish lifestyle to which they are comfortably accustomed.
Sussexroyal.com also said the couple ‘value the ability to earn a professional income, which in the current structure they are prohibited from doing.
The website added that the Duke and Duchess will also continue to base themselves at Frogmore Cottage, with the Queen’s permission.
Taxpayers will also still be expected to pay for their security.
Sussexroyal.com also said the couple ‘value the ability to earn a professional income, which in the current structure they are prohibited from doing
Referring to armed security by the Metropolitan Police mandated by the Home Office, the site said: ‘The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are classified as internationally protected people which mandates this level of security.’
Harry and Meghan also aimed another blast at the British media and what they call its ‘misreporting’.
They announced they would be withdrawing from the ‘royal rota’ system, which allows British newspaper, television and radio organisations to cover their work in recognition of the monarchy being a publicly-funded organisation.
UK media are currently entitled to cover their engagements in an impartial manner without control from royal officials.
The couple say they now intend to offer access to specially-invited media and dispense news via their own official communications and social media channels.
The website added that the Duke and Duchess will also continue to base themselves at Frogmore Cottage, with the Queen’s permission
On their new website, the duke and duchess said they believe this policy will reflect ‘both their forthcoming independence as members of the Royal Family’ and their wish to ‘reshape and broaden access to their work’.
They also attacked the British media’s body of royal correspondents, claiming: ‘Regrettably, stories that may have been filed accurately by royal correspondents are also often edited or rewritten by media editorial teams to present false impressions.’
A statement added: ‘Their Royal Highnesses recognise that their roles as members of the Royal Family are subject to interest, and they welcome accurate and honest media reporting, as well as being held to account if appropriate.
‘Equally, like every member of society, they also value privacy as individuals and as a family.’
The site also listed the various charities that the Duke and Duchess are patron of and explained how they intend to continue representing the Queen and strengthening the Commonwealth.
A statement said: ‘As they move to become members of the Royal Family, with financial independence, their commitment to The Monarch is resolute, and they aim to continue to fly the flag for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, as called upon.’
The couple say they now intend to offer access to specially-invited media and dispense news via their own official communications and social media channels
Harry and Meghan unveil slick new website outlining how their ‘progressive new role’
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