Prince Harry and Meghan shocked the world when they announced they were stepping down from their roles as senior royals.
Buckingham Palace just released some new details on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s next steps as they prepare to leave the royal family, even including a date. When the two of them announced their departure from the royal family and their royal duties, it came as a shock to both their fans and other members of the royal family.
And now, almost 2 months after the initial announcement, after weeks of discussions, the Palace has released all the changes that will come into effect from March 31st. As this does not happen frequently, there will be a 12 month “trial” period from that date, to see how things are working out with the proposed decisions.
We know that Prince Harry and Meghan will be closing their Buckingham Palace office, as reports have come in that show all 15 of their staff their have been laid off. This is due to the couple wanting to relocate their base of operations from the UK to North America.
Starting with April 1st, the couple will be represented through their UK foundation team.
The Palace also has revealed that the couple will retain their HRH titles, but will not actively use them. Harry will still keep his military ranks, them being Major, Lieutenant Commander, and Squadron Leader, but will not be using them during the 12 month trial period.
Details on where we will get to see the couple were also revealed, as they are currently in Canada with their son Archie.
On February 28 Prince Harry will be joining Jon Bon Jovi as the famous rock star re-records his song ‘Unbroken with the Invictus Games Choir.
After that, on March 5th Prince Harry will attend the Endeavour Fund Awards, while the day after he will meet up with Lewis Hamilton for the official opening of the Silverstone Experience, which is a brand new immersive museum that tells the story of past, present and future of British motor racing.
Meghan will join her husband as they step out for Mountbatten Festival on March 7th later that week.
They will be present for the annual performance at the Royal Albert Hall by the Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines raises money for The Royal Marines Charity and CLIC Sargent.
The next day Meghan is sure to be busy, as she will be marking International Women’s Day, with the details surrounding that day still being unknown.
The couple told the world of their decision to leave the royal family through a surprise Instagram post. The post had a photo from their engagement photocall, followed by a heartfelt message reading: “After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution.
“We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen.
“It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment.
“We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages.
“This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity.
“We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.”