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I am happy to announce, because this was one chutzpa too far, that they will be paying back the £2.4 million that it cost the tax-payers to refurbish their home in the UK. Not only that, but they will be paying commercial rent on Frogmore Cottage in order to keep it as their UK residence.
All is good. £2.4 million is nothing to them. Meghan herself is worth about $5 million. According to Forbes, Harry is reported to be worth about £40 million from his mother's and Great-Grandmother's estates, an annual trust allowance of £450,000, and earnings of £50,000 pa as a helicopter pilot. Maybe it's crass to print figures, but I want to make the point that it's not the money, it's the principle. And it's the money.
Of course they will also still get money from Prince Charles' Estate (whether from the Duchy of Cornwall or not). Thus far it's been about £2.3 million pa. You can't begrudge parents helping their kids out. In my own family we all get a £25 M&S gift voucher (one each, not to share) on Chanuka, so I'm not one to throw stones over that.
It's very sad for Harry that he will be giving up all earned and honorary military titles and duties. And indeed, all ties with the British Army, the Royal Navy and the Royal Airforce. Also sad for Prince Philip who passed on the title of Captain General of the Royal Marines to his grandson, a title he himself held for over 64 years. The army was Harry's first love and he fought bravely in Afghanistan twice. But that's marriage for you. Thankfully he will continue his exemplary work with the highly successful Invictus Games, which he founded and has worked so hard for.
I admit that I came back to this topic because my previous analysis of the situation earned itself over 800 page views in one day. Write Harry and Meghan in the title and it's instant click bait. I'm thinking of publishing my recipe for egg on toast with a twist (a slice of cheddar cheese under the fried egg) and calling it: What Harry and Meghan Don't Eat for Breakfast.
Anyway, thanks guys. I gave you more publicity and I was
And finally, I concede that Harry and Meghan's life choices are absolutely none of my business. However, he or she who prospers by fame, invites the public to join the game. (This is an original quote and can be attributed to Rachel Selby or Midlife Singlemum - your call.)