Looks like we finally have some news about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s duties since stepping down as senior members of the family.
After scaling back from the royal family in London and moving to Canada back in January—reportedly giving up their HRH titles in the process—the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been enjoying a quiet new life in Vancouver while planning their new ventures and charity organization. However, it looks like some i‘s and t‘s still need to be dotted and crossed with their folks back in the U.K.
According to royal reporter Omid Scobie, Buckingham Palace has released a bit more info on their transition process, which will officially begin on March 31. “The Royal Family and Sussexes have agreed to an initial 12-month review to ensure the arrangement works for all parties,” a source said, per Scobie.
“From April 1, the Sussexes will no longer have an office at Buckingham Palace but will continue to [be] repped in the U.K. through their foundation team,” writes Scobie in a second tweet. “It’s confirmed that the couple will retain their other titles of The Earl & Countess of Dumbarton and The Baron & Baroness Kilkeel.”
Prince Harry will reportedly also maintain his ranks of major, lieutenant commander, and squadron leader. Here’s where things get a little murky. “However, during this 12-month period his honorary military positions will not be used,” Scobie says in another tweet. “No new appointments will be made to fill these roles before the review is completed.”
As for that trip back to London, Prince Harry and Markle are not going to have a whole lot of free time on their hands. The trip will begin with a visit with Bon Jovi at a recording session of his song “Unbroken” with the Invictus Games Choir. Despite reports that Prince William and Middleton will be steering the Royal Foundation toward organizations closer to their own hearts, it seems Prince Harry will not be ignoring his commitment to the games in the near future.
Following that, Meghan and Harry will attend a slew of engagements before joining Queen Elizabeth II and members of the royal family for the Commonwealth Day service on March 9. The day before that, Markle will “mark” International Women’s Day 2020. No word yet on whatever that means.
After their visit, a “palace source” says the couple will be back in the U.K. “regularly.” Good! That gives the two princes plenty of opportunities to start mending that supposed rift.