Meghan Markle and Prince Harry gave up their royal titles after parting ways with the royal family, and Meghan was reportedly upset about it.
Now, the couple's patronages are starting to take away Meghan and Harry's royal titles from their sites.
Well, it’s all happening, folks! Spring 2020 has arrived, which means that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have officially started their non-royal lives. While they’ve already made some of the big changes, like move to away from the U.K. to Canada, they’re still easing into others, like the whole giving up their royal titles thing.]
Part of the deal when they stepped down from their duties was that they had to walk away from their royal titles, and they, er, didn’t seem pleased about it! In a statement, Harry and Meghan shadily said that the Queen didn’t have “jurisdiction” over the word “royal” overseas, but agreed to give it up nonetheless. Plus, they had filed to trademark their "Sussex Royal" brand, so it seems like they weren't expecting the palace to take away their HRH status.
And though Meghan and Harry are still using "Sussex Royal" for their Instagram and website, some of the foundations that they support are already starting to remove Harry and Meghan's royal titles from their sites. According to Us Weekly, the Smart Works charity has changed Meghan’s title from “Our Royal Patron HRH The Duchess of Sussex” to “The Duchess of Sussex,” and Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) has begun referring to Meghan as “our Patron, The Duchess of Sussex,” instead of “ HRH The Duchess of Sussex.”
There has been a ton of speculation surrounding Meghan, Duchess of Sussex‘s first big move now that she is no longer a senior working member of the British royal family. We’d know for some time that the duchess has snagged a voice-over role with Disney. Now we know exactly what that role is.
Now that the duchess is no longer beholden to the rules and regulations of royal life, she is free is to explore her passions in a less confining manner. Prior to getting engaged to Prince Harry in 2017, the American-born duchess had a starring role in the long-running USA drama, Suits. She was also extremely passionate about her charity work.
Now, with this new Disney documentary on elephants, it appears that Meghan is combining her passions in a way that we never expected.
Though it’s doubtful that she will ever return to a show as a series regular, the Duchess of Sussex might be considering a return to Hollywood.
“Meghan remains hugely ambitious and is very open-minded to a return to acting which is what she knows, loves and does best,” an alleged insider told The Sun. “Her preference is to explore the route of a documentary in which she is able to follow up some of the causes she is interested in. This wish has been the focus of some of her most recent meetings and will likely shape the kind of work the agent Meghan goes with seeks to get for her. She is very excited about what the future holds.”
The Sussexes have said goodbye to Canada, at least for the time being. According to multiple outlets, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and baby Archie have moved to Meghan's hometown of Los Angeles, where her mother, Doria Ragland, still lives.
A source told People that the Sussexes no longer reside in the house they were staying in on Vancouver Island, and are now settled in L.A. "They have been living in a secluded compound and haven’t ventured out amid the coronavirus pandemic," the magazine reports. At this point, it's unclear if this is a permanent move.
The news of their relocation comes just one day after Clarence House announced that Prince Charles has tested positive for COVID-19. The Palace also confirmed that the Prince of Wales has been in touch with his two sons, William and Harry, following his diagnosis. It's unknown when the last time Harry and his father saw each other in person. They were both in attendance at the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey on March 9.
While the Sussexes have clearly been busy moving in recent weeks, they have made time to post resources on social media in hopes of slowing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, and showing their support for for medical workers on the front lines, fighting the crisis.
Today, for example, they virtually took part in the "Clap for our Carers" campaign, a nationwide initiative in the UK to show thanks and appreciation for NHS workers during this unprecedented time.
The Duchess of Sussex has officially accepted her first role as a non-royal, narrating a new nature documentary, Elephant. Meghan signed a voiceover deal with Disney to narrate the film, in return for a donation to wildlife charity, Elephants Without Borders. A trailer for Elephant revealed that it "follows one family's extraordinary 1,000 mile journey across Africa on an adventure that will change their lives."
The film will be available for streaming on Disney+ from 3 April. The new streaming service launched just this week, and is already proving a hit for those who need entertainment while in quarantine - and you can get your first seven days for free when you sign up, meaning you could watch Meghan’s new project without paying a penny.
The streaming service - which has hundreds of classic and new Disney TV shows and films - costs £5.99 per month, or £59.99 for the year. However, you can sign up to the trial and test it out for free for a week before you decide you want to commit.
The duchess recorded her voiceover in autumn 2019 before she and Prince Harry left for their six-week Christmas break in Canada at the end of last year.
They will no longer use Instagram under the @sussexroyal handle or update their website, SussexRoyal.com. Although they will be inactive, “both the Instagram account and website will remain in existence online for the foreseeable future,” a spokesperson for the couple stated on Monday.
In a caption on their final Instagram post, the couple wrote: “As we can all feel, the world at this moment seems extraordinarily fragile. 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.