March 2020 is the last month we will be seeing Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in their roles as senior royals, as on the 31st they will officially step down. This decision will have a huge impact on the futures of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, yet a lot is still unknown how it will go down. One thing that the couple has made clear is that their charitable work with the military will continue. This comes as no surprise and was even confirmed by them personally.
A statement on the royals’ website reads: “While per the agreement, The Duke will not perform any official duties associated with these roles, given his dedication to the military community and ten years of service he will, of course, continue his unwavering support to the military community in a non-official capacity. As the founder of the Invictus Games, The Duke will proudly continue supporting the military community around the world through the Invictus Games Foundation and The Endeavour Fund.”
Another interesting detail is that most of their last engagements have been military-focused. On Thursday, Prince Harry and Meghan attended the annual Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House. This event celebrates the achievements of wounded, injured or sick servicemen and women, who have taken part in remarkable sporting and adventure challenges over the last year. And on Saturday, the two of them went to the Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall, which celebrates the incredible musicianship and pageantry of the Royal Marines. For the event, Prince Harry decided to wear his official Captain-General of the Royal Marines uniform.
Buckingham Palace has even addressed what the future will hold for the Duke of Sussex’s military roles, saying: “The Duke of Sussex will retain the ranks of Major, Lieutenant Commander, and Squadron Leader, however, during this 12-month period The Duke’s honorary military positions will not be used. No new appointments will be made to fill these roles before the 12-month review of the new arrangements is completed. The Duke will not perform any official duties associated with these roles.”
At the Endeavour Fund Awards on Thursday, Harry spoke about his plans for more collaboration between the Endeavour Fund and Invictus, saying: “The Endeavour Fund has grown into something much greater than I could ever have imagined. It has flourished thanks to the dedication and hard work of the Endeavour Fund team, and I’d like to recognise and thank them, and thank everyone who’s worked on it or supported us and the guys over the years.
“I firmly believe that there is an even greater future ahead. Our ambition is to build on what has been achieved – to expand the Endeavour Fund further so that its impact can be felt around the world.
“For this reason, I am very pleased to announce that we are looking at opportunities to create a much closer working relationship with the Invictus Games Foundation. More will be announced in due time but it’s been made possible by the generous support of some specific people, so thank you.”