The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have provided more details about their new roles which come into effect on Wednesday, 1 April 2020.
So far, what has been agreed upon since January 2020?
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s revised roles will take effect Spring 2020 (or Autumn for the Southern Hemisphere) and will undergo a review in 12 months’ time.
The Royal Family respects and understands Harry and Meghan’s wish to live a more independent life by removing the supposed ‘public interest’ for media intrusion into their lives. Harry and Meghan still remain a valued part of the Queen’s family.
The Duke and Duchess will retain their ‘HRH’ prefix but will no longer use their titles as they will no longer be carrying out any official duties on the Queen’s behalf and no longer working members of the Royal Family.
Harry and Meghan will no longer represent Queen Elizabeth or the Commonwealth for official engagements.
They will no longer able to use the Sussex Royal trademark after 1 April 2020 due to specific UK government rules regarding the use of the word ‘royal’.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been granted permission from the Royal Family to earn their own money and support their private charitable interests but they won’t be starting their own Foundation, as originally planned.
However, they will be allowed to maintain their patronages including ‘royal’ ones.
Their office at Buckingham Palace will close down after Harry and Meghan personally informed their staff in January.
According to the Sussex Royal website, ‘The Duke and Duchess shared this news with their team personally in January once they knew of the decision, and have worked closely with their staff to ensure a smooth transition for each of them.’
Prince Harry, as the Queen’s grandson and the Prince of Wales’ second son, still remains sixth in the line of succession to the throne.
Harry will retain his military ranks of Major and honorary ranks of Lieutenant Commander and Squadron Leader, but will not be used within the next 12 months.
However, Harry will not perform any duties but he will continue his unwavering support to the military community in an unofficial role. Harry, as the founder of the Invictus Games, will continue supporting the military community through the Invictus Games Foundation and the Endeavour Fund.
Effective security will be provided to protect Harry, Meghan and their son for safety reasons, especially the couple’s public profile and the Duke’s past military service.
The Duke and Duchess will provide up-to-date information through their website and Instagram account.
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