Could Megxit Be Reversed?

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry are already settling into their new lives in Canada. Despite the uproar that their desire to step down from their positions as senior royals caused initially, the royals appear happy with their decision. But as more information comes from Buckingham Palace about how this change will go into effect, it seems that their break from royal duties might not be permanent.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Anwar Hussein/WireImage

Megxit

Earlier this year, Meghan and Harry announced that they wanted to step back from being senior royals. They wanted to continue representing the Queen but desired to be financially independent. Unfortunately, this request was easier said than done. The Queen eventually determined that there was no way for the Sussexes to still represent the royal family but be financially independent. So, they were stripped of their “working royals” position.

“As agreed in this new arrangement, they understand that they are required to step back from Royal duties, including official military appointments,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement. “They will no longer receive public funds for Royal duties.”

New details of Megxit

Though Prince Harry and Meghan have been largely out of the limelight and living a relatively quiet life in Canada since the Queen came to her decision, none of the changes have actually gone into effect yet.

According to a spokesperson for the pair, the stipulations of the new agreement don’t go into effect until March 31st. On April 1, the Sussexes will no longer have an office at Buckingham Palace.

“The Duke and Duchess will be spending their time in both the United Kingdom and North America,” the spokesperson said in a statement obtained by People. “In addition to continuing to work closely with their existing patronages as they build a plan for engagements in the U.K. and the Commonwealth throughout the year, The Duke and Duchess have also been undertaking meetings as part of their ongoing work to establish a new non-profit organization. The details of this new organization will be shared later in the year.”

Are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle still royal?

One of the biggest questions that people have had is whether or not Prince Harry and Meghan are still royal. They definitely are.

The two will keep their HRH styling but will not actively use the titles. They will also continue to be known as The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, The Earl and Countess of Dumbarton, and The Baron and Baroness Kilkeel. 

“As The Duke and Duchess are stepping back as senior Members of the Royal Family, and will work towards financial independence, use of the word ‘Royal’, in this context, needed to be reviewed. Discussions are still ongoing, however, a change will be announced alongside the launch of their new non-profit organization,” the spokesperson continued.

Could Megxit be reversed?

As this is the first time that a royal has transitioned like this, it is just a trial run. And the stipulations will be reviewed next year.

“As there is no precedent for this new model of working and eventual financial independence, the Royal Family and The Sussexes have agreed to an initial 12-month review to ensure the arrangement works for all parties,” the spokesperson said.