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Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Meghan Markle and Prince Harry step down

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This week's big news was that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex released a statement saying they wanted to “step back as senior members of the royal family” and focus on new projects, including their own charity.

They said that although they still want to perform some royal duties, they want to explore opportunities to earn money and support themselves. Senior members of the royal family are not allowed to earn their own money.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expected to undertake certain royal duties, such as representing the Queen at events she cannot go to. In return they are paid a sum of money from the Sovereign Grant.

This grant is money the Government pays to the royal family in return for the work they do. Last year, the total Sovereign Grant was £82.2 million. However, most of Prince Harry’s money is given to him by his father, Prince Charles, whose income comes from the Duchy of Cornwall – a collection of farms, land and rental cottages in several places across the UK.

The money made from this is used to support Prince Charles, his children, and his charity work. It is not clear whether Prince Charles will continue to give money to Harry and Meghan.

This PDF resource includes this article, as well as accompanying activity ideas:

  • Debate whether they should be allowed to step back from royal duties. After all, they get a lot of money for it. Or do you think that everyone should be allowed to choose what jobs they do – even members of the royal family? What do you think?
  • Write a pretend letter to the Queen, applying to take over the job that Prince Harry is giving up. Explain what parts of the role you would be particularly interested in doing and why you think you would make a good prince or princess
  • Write a short poem about this story, based on the rhyme and rhythm structure of our national anthem. You can be as serious or funny as you like
  • Make two lists – one of all the kings and queens of our country since 1800 and the other showing all the members of the royal family who are in line to the throne, ending with Prince Harry.

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