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Meghan and Prince Harry continue to lead a life filled with duties very similar to the one they had in the UK, royal author Duncan Larcombe has claimed. The royal commentator noted the Duke and Duchess haven’t escaped the limelight or many of the responsibilities they had as working royals – such as undertaking trips, visiting venues, carrying out charitable work.
He told OK! magazine: “They are effectively carrying on as though they are a royal couple in all but name.”
He continued: “They are attending events, supporting causes, putting out podcasts, writing books, travelling across the United States.
“Harry will visit Europe and the Netherlands in April for the Invictus Games, they’re like statesmen with no state.”
The Duke and Duchess first announced they wanted to change their royal status in January 2020, when they expressed their intention to step back as senior members of the Firm.
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry live in California
This position would have given them the unique possibility to carry out official engagements for the Queen while also, after becoming independent from the Sovereign Grant, pursuing profitable deals.
However, following a meeting at Sandringham between the Queen, Harry, Prince William and Prince Charles, it was agreed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would step down as senior royals and give up entirely their right to carry out royal duties.
While retaining their HRH styles, the Sussexes also renounced to use it.
Meghan and Prince Harry officially stepped down as senior royals at the end of March 2020.
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attending a gala in New York
In February last year, it was announced they had returned their military and royal patronages to the Queen after they told her they did not intend to resume their former roles.
But they stressed in a statement they remained “committed to their duty and service to the UK and around the world”.
In an interview with James Corden in the same month, Prince Harry conceded his new life in the US would resemble the one he had known in the UK in some aspects.
Asked by the comedian what he and Meghan were planning to do after the pandemic, Harry said: “I have no idea. A slightly different version, but a continuation of what we were doing back in the UK.
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“My life is always going to be about public service, and Meghan has signed up to that and both of us enjoy doing it.”
The Sussexes, Harry added, wanted to continue “trying to bring some compassion, and make people happy and try and change the world in any small way we can.”
After they officially stood down as senior royals, Meghan and Harry focused on both their financial independence and their charitable endeavour.
Over the last months of 2020, they announced important multi-year deals with Netflix and Spotify.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry got married in May 2018
Both Meghan and Harry entered the start-up world, with the Duchess investing in instant super latte company Clevr Blends while the Duke joined mental health and coaching firm BetterUp as chief impact officer.
Among other projects, Meghan has also published her first children’s book, The Bench, and the Duke has announced he is writing an intimate memoir expected to be released at the end of this year.
To continue their commitment to communities and charity work, the Sussexes launched their Archewell Foundation in late 2020, which has already partnered up with several other initiatives and associations including the World Central Kitchen and Global Citizen.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry during a visit to New York in September 2021
Throughout 2021, Meghan and Harry have carried out a number of non-profit projects including 40×40, a mentorship drive launched by the Duchess on her 40th birthday.
The Sussexes have also been vocal supporters of vaccine equity, for which they have been campaigning extensively since the spring of 2021.
Moreover, they continue to support gender and racial equality.