Britain’s Harry and Meghan will no longer be working members of royal family

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Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, holding their son Archie, in Cape Town, South Africa. (File/Reuters)
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Britain's Queen Elizabeth, Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, pose for a picture at in London, Britain June 26, 2018. (Reuters)
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Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge come onto the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch a military fly-past to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force (RAF). (File/AFP)
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Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex leave after the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in London. (File/AFP)
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Updated 19 January 2020

Britain’s Harry and Meghan will no longer be working members of royal family

  • The queen added that she was "particularly proud" of how Meghan became one of the family
  • The palace said Harry and Meghan will no longer receive public funds and they will repay money spent on the refurbishment of their cottage at Windsor

LONDON: Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will no longer be working members of Britain's royal family and they will not use their "royal highness" titles as they embark on a more independent future, Buckingham Palace said on Saturday.
"Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family," Queen Elizabeth said in a statement, referring to the couple's baby son.


"I recognise the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life."
The queen added that she was "particularly proud" of how Meghan became one of the family.
Harry, 35, and his American wife, former actress Meghan, 38, sparked a crisis in the British monarchy this month by announcing they wanted to reduce their royal duties and spend more time in North America, while also becoming financially independent.


In recent days, the queen and her family have been working out with officials how this stepping back will work in practice.
The palace said Harry and Meghan will no longer receive public funds and they will repay money spent on the refurbishment of their cottage at Windsor, west of London.
The changes will come into effect in the spring of this year, the palace said.


Election commission: Afghan president Ghani wins 2nd term

Updated 18 February 2020

Election commission: Afghan president Ghani wins 2nd term

KABUL: Afghanistan’s independent election commission says President Ashraf Ghani has won a second term as president.
The commission announced Tuesday that Ghani garnered 50.64% of the vote that took place on Sept. 28 last year to challenger and chief executive Abdullah Abdullah’s 39.52%.
Election results were repeatedly delayed amid accusations of misconduct and technical problems with counting ballots.
Hawa Alam Nuristani, head of the election commission, has said previously that 1.8 million Afghan citizens voted in the election out of some 9.6 million eligible.
The results come days after US Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced a truce agreement between the United States and the Taliban that could lead to the withdrawal of American troops from the country.