The day has officially arrived. After months of talk about this day, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry are officially stepping down from their roles as working royals today.
While there have been differing opinions on whether Meghan and Harry made the right decision or not, there is no turning back now. So, this is what their new lives will look like.
In January, Harry and Meghan announced that they wanted to be part-time working royals. Unfortunately, that was not possible and the two had to step back from their senior positions fully. Though Queen Elizabeth II would have rather had her grandson continue on in his role, she released a statement, supporting the couple.
“Following many months of conversations and more recent discussions, I am pleased that together we have found a constructive and supportive way forward for my grandson and his family,” she said.
“Harry, Meghan, and Archie will always be much loved members of my family. I recognise the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life.”
“I want to thank them for all their dedicated work across this country, the Commonwealth, and beyond, and am particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family,” she continued. “It is my whole family’s hope that today’s agreement allows them to start building a happy and peaceful new life.
The biggest change is that Prince Harry and Meghan will no longer represent the queen or the commonwealth. They do get to keep their patronages, though.
Harry will retain his ranks of Major, Lieutenant Commander, and Squadron Leader in the military for the next year, but will lose his honorary military positions.
The pair will be able to keep their titles but will no longer use their His and Her Royal Highness titles. Though they will still be known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, their Instagram account, Sussex Royal is shutting down.
“As we can all feel, the world at this moment seems extraordinarily fragile,” they captioned a photo with a quote that thanked the followers of Sussex Royal for all of their support.
“Yet we are confident that every human being has the potential and opportunity to make a difference—as seen now across the globe, in our families, our communities and those on the front line—together we can lift each other up to realise the fullness of that promise.”