The royals are royals no more. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle engaged in their last royal appointments on March 10 and will officially cease all royal duties on March 31.
They can no longer refer to themselves as royals or publicly call themselves His/ Her Royal Highness (although they retain their titles privately). They are independent of the monarchy and will receive no public funds, making way for them to earn their own money and speak for themselves, not through the royal rota, which is pre-selected media, or following any royal protocol.
This arrangement will be under review in a year’s time. Prince Harry remains sixth in line to the throne.
While details of their lives are still being figured out, the couple will live in Canada with their son Archie where they will try to live as regular lives – whatever that means for them – as possible.
Their last engagements have been bittersweet for the UK media and public. There has been a great show of public support for the couple and well-wishes for their future. There has also been negative press but that’s not surprising.
We know they will always stay in the news. We will always be fascinated (whether interested or not) by them. The former Duke and Duchess of Sussex have a special type of fairy tale. A prince and an extraordinary woman come together, stay together, and do the things that make them happy together.
Through their trials and tribulations, here’s five things we can learn from this interesting couple.