On Wednesday, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced they would finish their official departure from the royal family next month. Their first day of freedom from royal duties will be on April Fool’s Day, following the announcement they intended to leave the family at the beginning of the year.
Even though they’ve been living in Canada, both parties have still been obligated to their former duties. The Queen has stated in the past that the official changes would begin in the spring months. The Evening Standard was the first to report on the statement from the Palace confirming that April Fool’s Day was the start of their new life.
Their office in Buckingham Palace will close on the 31st of March. Meghan and Harry will come back to the United Kingdom near the ending of February and at the beginning of March. On the 9th of March, Meghan and Harry will meet with the Queen at Westminister Abbey.
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New from Buckingham Palace ✨ . The Palace just announced that the new changes to Harry and Meghan’s roles will all take effect on 31 March. From April 1st, Harry and Meghan will no longer have an office at Buckingham Palace. The Duke and Duchess will then be represented through their UK charity foundation team. . Prince Harry will retain the ranks of Major, Lieutenant Commander, and Squadron Leader – but during the 12-month trial period, Harry's honorary military positions will not be used. The Palace says that discussions on the use of the word "Royal" in @sussexroyal is being "reviewed", but the Palace says discussions are still ongoing and any changes will be announced when they launch their new non-profit organisation. . Upcoming engagements: Feb 28 — Harry will join Jon Bon Jovi at a recording session of his song “Unbroken” with the Invictus Games Choir (to be released in aid of the WeAreInvictus Foundation). March 5 — Harry and Meghan will attend the annual @EndeavourFund awards in London. March 6 — Harry, along with Lewis Hamilton, will attend the opening of the SilverstoneUK Experience, a museum that tells the story of the past, present and future of British motor racing. March 7 — The couple will attend the Mountbatten Festival of Music at Royal Albert Hall. March 8 — Meghan will mark #InternationalWomensDay2020 with further details to be announced. March 9 — The couple will join the Queen and members of the Royal Family for the #CommonwealthDay Service at Westminster Abbey. . As for the rest of the year, their spokesperson says that Harry and Meghan will be in the United Kingdom "regularly" including Harry at @LondonMarathon in April and both Sussexes to attend @invictusgames2020 in May ✨ . (Source Chris Ship/Omid Scobie/Twitter)
Their spokesperson has stated that Meghan and Harry aren’t simply moving on from the United Kingdom. They intend on spending approximately half of their time there in the future, The Telegraph reported.
Moreover, they agreed to a one-year transition period with the royal family to make sure everything goes according to plan. During that time, neither Harry nor Meghan will use their royal titles, including Royal Highness and Her Royal Highness.
Although, they’ll have the right to use them if they so choose. Additionally, Harry will still be sixth in line to the throne, and there won’t be any changes to the line of succession in the coming years. As it was noted above, Harry and Meghan announced they were dropping out of the royal family at the beginning of the year.
The announcement came as a huge surprise to the royal family as well as the media. In their statement, Meghan and Harry revealed they wanted to gain financial independence.
Since then, Harry has spoken with Bob Iger, the CEO of Disney, about securing work for Meghan as a voice actress. It was later reported, however, that Meghan wasn’t paid for the work, and instead, money was given to a charity in her honor.