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Queen's hand is obvious in settlement with Sussexes

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The Duke of York with his mother the Queen (Joe Giddens/PA)

The Duke of York with his mother the Queen (Joe Giddens/PA)

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The Duke of York with his mother the Queen (Joe Giddens/PA)

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's hope to "step back" from being active royals for six out of 12 months of the year was never going to work.

One big question is who pays the bill for their round-the-clock security for the rest of their lives, though this is unlikely to be a deal breaker.

What shines through this curate's egg of a settlement is the steely need of the appreciation to protect Britain's constitutional monarchy.

That can only have come from the Queen herself. Not for nothing is the 93-year-old Queen the longest-lived and longest-reigning British monarch, and the longest-serving female head of state anywhere.

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