- Rachel Burchfield
Harry and Meghan’s new life begins March 31
We continue to get more answers about what’s next for Harry and Meghan.
Per a Buckingham Palace spokesperson today, here’s what I know:
· Harry and Meghan’s official Royal duties will end March 31.
· After that, they’ll no longer have an office at Buckingham Palace and will instead be represented by the Sussex Royal team – or whatever it will be called. Perfect transition to…
· Though they have a trademark pending for Sussex Royal, it’s unlikely they’ll get to continue to use “Royal” in their branding. Sussex Royal will likely soon be obsolete, and a new name will emerge in its place.
· Their work will remain the same as it has been when they were Royals – the Commonwealth, youth empowerment, mental health, and community.
· They will retain their HRH titles, but won’t use them.
· They will still be known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as well as secondary titles Earl and Countess of Dumbarton and Baron and Baroness Kilkeel.
· Harry will still remain sixth in line to the throne.
· He will also still retain the ranks of Major, Lieutenant Commander, and Squadron Leader. However, his honorary military positions will not be used.
· Though they will live in North America – Canada currently, with a U.S. residence likely soon – they’ll be back in the U.K. frequently. Harry has engagements in the U.K. planned with Jon Bon Jovi on February 28 and Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton on March 6, and Meghan will mark International Women’s Day on March 8. Together, they’ll attend events on March 5 and March 7, and on March 9 they’ll participate with the rest of the Family in the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey to mark Commonwealth Day.
· Later, Harry will be back in the U.K. for the London Marathon on April 26 and both will take part in Harry’s Invictus Games in the Netherlands in May.
· A review will take place in 12 months, and the agreement will be revisited.
Clarity is a good thing, and today certainly provided a lot of that.
Postscript: It’s Andrew’s birthday. He’s 60. He’s still not cooperating in the Jeffrey Epstein case. So therefore, that’s all the birthday recognition he gets. The end.