(CNN)Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, will give up their royal titles and eschew some state funding in a deal brokered to end a crisis that broke out after the couple announced they would step back from the royal family.
The news comes after a flurry of conversations and crunch talks with the Queen, who said Saturday that she was “pleased” to have found a “constructive and supportive way forward” for the Sussexes.Earlier this month, in a carefully worded Instagram post and curated new website, Harry and Meghan announced their intention to exit the royal family. In it, they made clear what they wanted: to work to become financially independent, while continuing to support the Queen. The question is now: did they get what they had hoped for?Is this the exit the Sussexes had in mind?Harry and Meghan leave Windsor Castle after their wedding. Read MoreThe Sussexes had pitched for a hybrid role, where they would be allowed to pursue personal income, but also continue representing the Queen. But it appears they were offered two choices by the Palace — in or out. They chose out. So what’s the deal with their royal titles?Meghan received the title Her Royal Highness (HRH) The Duchess of Sussex upon marriage in May 2018. Harry’s full title was His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel.Harry and Meghan will no longer use 'His and Her Royal Highness,' Buckingham Palace saysBut the couple will no longer use the titles His and Her Royal Highness after announcing they would step back from their roles as senior members of the royal family. This is quite unprecedented. After her divorce from Prince Charles, Harry’s mother Diana had her “HRH” title taken away, and she was given the courtesy title of “Diana, Princess of Wales.” Similarly, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York was also stripped of her HRH title after her divorce from Prince Andrew. But the situation for Harry and Meghan is different — they have chosen, or been asked, not to use these titles because they no longer represent the Queen. What does it mean for the Sussex brand? Memorabilia celebrating the Sussexes engagement.This decision is really about Harry and Meghan’s extraction from royal life, but the next question is what will happen to the Sussex Royal brand. The role, outlined on Harry and Meghan’s Sussex Royal website following the couple’s first announcement, doesn’t currently align with the agreement announced by the Palace on Saturday. That whole new brand of Sussex Royal will probably have to be reworked, and we are waiting to see what that will look like. When does the new arrangement take effect? How long will it last?The changes will take effect in the spring, when Harry and Meghan will stop using the titles “HRH.” The situation will then be reviewed a year later, but in the meantime Harry can expect a lot of media scrutiny. So what will they do now? Harry and Meghan meet the cast of “The Lion King” in London.This latest announcement doesn’t mean that the couple will no longer move in Royal circles — we’ll still see them at functions that look a lot like Royal events. Harry and Meghan are also keeping all of their private causes and patronages — including Invictus — and the various patronages they hold separate to their association with the Queen. But the couple will have to find a way of tying this together with bringing in an income. We will probably see them undertaking commercial work, possibly media work, but we’ll have to wait and see who that will be with, or how that will be shaped. We know that the couple haven’t signed any commercial deals yet. Harry and Meghan will have to bring in quite a substantial income to keep up with their current lifestyles — while the Prince of Wales will be financing them through his private estate, the Duchy of Cornwall, this is expected to be in the low millions and may not be permanent. What does it mean for other royals?Harry and Meghan with members of the royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.Harry and Meghan’s exit from the royal family is quite unprecedented, and could become a blueprint for other senior members of the family who want out — for example, William’s children, if they felt the same way as Harry as adults. There are also questions that need to be answered about how Harry’s move will affect Charles and William. It remains unclear whether Harry’s royal duties will be dispersed between Charles and William, or whether Harry’s departure will effectively reduce the amount of work that the royal family is doing. What was left unsaid in the announcement?The announcement didn’t address what will now happen to the Sussex Royal brand, and it didn’t give further details about what the security arrangements will look like for the couple in Canada. Who is expected to pay for security costs?In the statement released Saturday, Buckingham Palace said it would not comment on the details of security arrangements. Speeches, books and Instagram posts: How Harry and Meghan could make their own money“There are well established independent processes to determine the need for publicly-funded security,” it said.Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau told a Canadian television station Monday that: “…there are still a lot of decisions to be taken by the royal family, by the Sussexes themselves, as to what level of engagement they choose to have and these are things that we are obviously supportive of their reflections, but have responsibilities in that as well.”Trudeau added: “That is part of the reflection that needs to be had and there are discussions going on.”What will their life look like now — splitting time between North America and UK?The couple will be spending most of their time in North America. But they can only spend a certain amount of time in Canada without citizenship — UK and America citizens can spend up to 6 months in the country as a visitor — so it remains to be seen how much time the young family will also spend in the United States. Harry and Meghan's decision to step back has been on the cards for some timeThey will still maintain their Frogmore Cottage residence on Windsor Estate, west of London — but will have to pay rent for it.They will also return the Sovereign Grant funds they recently spent to renovate the residence — £2.4 million (about $3 million) of British taxpayers’ money — the palace said in a statement.Works included the removal of a chimney, re-finishing the roof, new staircases, fireplace installations and a new “floating” wooden floor. Expenses related to fixtures, furnishings and fittings were funded privately by the couple.