Questions Follow Harry and Meghan's Decision to Step Back
Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan have announced they will step back from senior positions in the royal family. The couple said they hope to become financially independent and create a new charity -- while continuing some royal duties.
The move came as a surprise to the British royal family. Hours after the announcement appeared on Instagram, Buckingham Palace released a short statement. It said discussions with Harry and Meghan "were at an early stage" and that such complex issues take time to work out.
British media did not like the idea, either. The Daily Mirror called the announcement a "shocking disregard" for the Queen. The Sun described the decision as "Megxit." The word is a play on "Brexit" -- a common term for Britain's withdrawal from the European Union.
It also raises questions about how the couple will earn a living, who will pay for their security, and what their new positions will involve.
Security and living situation
In their announcement, Harry and Meghan said they plan to divide their time between Britain and North America.
Meghan was born in Los Angeles, California, and grew up in Hollywood. Harry and Meghan spent the last six weeks of 2019 in Canada. Their first official appearance of 2020 was a trip to Canada House in London, home of Canada's diplomatic mission to Britain.
They will continue to base themselves at Frogmore Cottage in the grounds of the queen's Windsor Castle while in Britain. The property was recently repaired at a cost of 2.4 million pounds ($3.13 million) by taxpayers.
The couple also made clear that they expect the government to continue to pay their security costs. This is required by the Home Office, which is responsible for security of the royal family. The cost of the security is not publicly available information. But it is estimated to cost hundreds of thousands of British pounds a year.
How will they earn a living?
The couple said on their new website that they are seeking financial independence from the royal family's funding, known as the "Sovereign Grant." This is government money that covers the ongoing costs related to daily life and travel.
The couple said the grant represented about 5 percent of money needed to run their official office. They did not say if they will give up the remaining 95 percent, which comes from Prince Charles' centuries-old private estate.
The couple's new website, Sussex Royal, does not say exactly how they plan to fund themselves in the future. Last year, it was reported that Harry would be executive producer of a film on mental health for Apple's video streaming service. And royal writer Penny Junor suggested that Meghan, who starred in the television show Suits, might restart her acting career.
The couple has not said they would give up their royal names -- the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. And, their website noted that other royal family members have kept their titles while earning money in other ways.
Marriage - and the media
Harry and Meghan married in May 2018 in a ceremony in Windsor Castle. Their marriage was considered at the time to be a sign of a more modern monarchy.
Their son, Archie, was born in May 2019.
The family's relationship with the media has worsened quickly over time, as they struggled to deal with the pressure, criticism and scrutiny.
Harry described the media's treatment of his wife as "bullying," and likened it to that of his mother before her death. His mother, Princess Diana, died in a car crash in France in 1997 while being chased by paparazzi.
Harry and Meghan announced they plan to greatly change media access to their official events. They will no longer take part in the traditional "royal rota" system, which is an agreement providing access for royal correspondents.
The royal rota system permits access to their appearances and events by official correspondents. These correspondents take photographs and videos, which they then share with others in the media.
Now the couple said their plan is to speak directly to the public through social media. They plan to deny automatic access to some royal correspondents.
The change may make them more of a target for paparazzi photographers, who will no longer worry about losing access to official events if they are already excluded.
I'm Caty Weaver.
And I'm Pete Musto.
1.step back 后退
I tried to step back, but he held my upper arms too tightly.
2.social media 社交媒体
We have all witnessed the power of social media.
3.no longer 不再
The order was no longer effective.
4.give up 放弃
Georgia refuses to give up any territory
5.But it is estimated to cost hundreds of thousands of British pounds a year.
hundreds of thousands of 几十万
Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets to mark the occasion.
It takes hundreds of thousands of dollars to get into the franchised pizza business.
6.It said discussions with Harry and Meghan "were at an early stage" and that such complex issues take time to work out.
take time to 花时间
They are bound to take time to readjust after a holiday.
These plans take time to come to fruition
英国哈里王子和他的妻子梅根宣布他们将辞去王室职务 。哈里夫妇表示，他们希望经济独立，成立一家新的慈善机构，同时继续履行一些王室职责 。
此举令英国王室上下感到意外 。消息发布在Instagram上数小时后，白金汉宫发表了一份简短声明 。声明称，与哈里和梅根的讨论“尚处于早期阶段”，这些复杂的问题需要时间来解决 。
英国媒体也不喜这一决定 。《每日镜报》称这一声明对女王的“不敬令人震惊” 。《太阳报》称这一决定为“梅脱英” 。这个词是对Brexit(脱欧)的一种恶搞，Brexit是英国脱欧的简称 。
梅根出生于加州洛杉矶，在好莱坞长大 。哈里和梅根在加拿大度过了2019年的最后六周 。他们在2020年的首次官方亮相是前往伦敦的加拿大之家，那里是加拿大驻英国外交使团的所在地 。
在英国期间，他们将继续住在温莎城堡内的弗罗格莫尔别墅 。这处别墅最近花了纳税人240万英镑（313万美元）来进行装修 。
哈里夫妇还明确表示，他们希望政府继续负责他们的安保费用 。这是负责王室安全的内政部的要求 。安保费用是非公开信息 。但预计每年要花费数十万英镑 。
哈里夫妇在其新注册的网站表示，正在寻求独立于王室的财政资助，即所谓的“主权拨款” 。这是包括支付日常生活和出行费用的政府公款 。
哈里夫妇称，这笔资金大约是其办公室所需资金的5% 。他们没有透露是否会放弃剩下的95%资金，这些资金来自查尔斯王子数百年的私人财产 。
哈里夫妇的新网站Sussex Royal并没有确切透露计划如何在未来自力更生 。去年，有报道称，哈里王子将担任苹果视频流媒体服务的一部心理健康电影的执行制片人 。王室作家彭妮·朱诺表示，出演电视剧《金装律师》的梅根可能会重启演艺生涯 。
哈里夫妇并未表示会放弃王室头衔——苏塞克斯公爵和公爵夫人 。他们的网站还指出，其他皇室成员利用各种渠道赚钱的同时，也保留了头衔 。
2018年5月，哈里和梅根在温莎城堡举行了婚礼 。他们的结合在当时被认为是一个更现代的君主制的标志 。
哈里称媒体对待妻子梅根的方式“欺人太甚”，与对母亲去世前的做法如出一辙 。他的母亲戴安娜王妃1997年在法国被狗仔队追逐时死于车祸 。
哈里和梅根宣布，他们计划大幅改变媒体对其官方活动的采访方式 。他们将不再参与传统的“royal rota”系统，这是一项为王室记者提供通道的协议 。
royal rota系统允许官方记者在王室成员露面和活动时进行采访 。这些记者拍摄照片和视频，然后与媒体上的其他人分享 。
如今哈里夫妇表示，他们的计划是通过社交媒体直接与公众对话 。他们打算禁止一些王室记者直接采访 。