Why Are Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Still Required to Attend Royal Events?

For the past month, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex have been enjoying life outside of the spotlight. After stepping away from their roles as working members of the British royal family, the public and press are no longer privy to the Sussexes every move.

Since Megxit — the duke and duchess have been living a fairly stress-free life on Vancouver Island in Canada where they’ve become relative homebodies, spending time with their son, Archie, and planning this new phase of their life.

Though their break from the royal family was shocking — the royals have come around in support of the Sussexes. The duo has also said that though they are no longer working royals, they will always support the queen and uphold the legacy of The Crown, In fact, Queen Elizabeth just requested that Markle and Prince Harry return to the U.K. for a royal event.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have promised to always support the queen

When they initially announced Megxit — the duke and duchess hoped to work as part-time royals. Unfortunately, that was not really possible. Instead, the pair have stepped away from their royal duties completely. However, though they are no longer senior royals — Markle and Prince Harry have decided that they still have a duty to Queen Elizabeth and the royal family.

“We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen,” they said in a statement. “It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages.”

Later, after the details of their split were finalized, Prince Harry said in a speech that he had “the utmost respect” for his grandmother and is “incredibly grateful for the support his family has shown him in recent months.

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Today is #earthday – an opportunity to learn about, celebrate and continue to safeguard our planet, our home. The above, Their Royal Highnesses in Rotorua, New Zealand. Of the 170 different species originally planted in the early 1900’s, only a handful of species, including these majestic Redwoods, remain today. Next, we invite you to scroll through a series of 8 photos taken by The Duke of Sussex©️DOS sharing his environmental POV including: Africa’s Unicorn, the rhino. These magnificent animals have survived ice ages and giant crocodiles, amongst other things! They have adapted to earth’s changing climate continually for over 30 million years. Yet here we are in 2019 where their biggest threat is us. A critical ecosystem, Botswana’s Okavango Delta sustains millions of people and an abundance of wildlife. Huge bush fires, predominantly started by humans, are altering the entire river system; the ash kills the fish as the flood comes in and the trees that don’t burn become next year’s kindling. Desert lions are critically endangered due partly to human wildlife conflict, habitat encroachment and climate change. 96% of mammals on our are either livestock or humans, meaning only 4% remaining are wild animals. Orca and Humpback whale populations are recovering in Norway thanks to the protection of their fisheries. Proof that fishing sustainably can benefit us all. Roughly 3/4 of Guyana is forested, its forests are highly diverse with 1,263 known species of wildlife and 6,409 species of plants. Many countries continue to try and deforest there for the global demand for timber. We all now know the damage plastics are causing to our oceans. Micro plastics are also ending up in our food source, creating not just environmental problems for our planet but medical problems for ourselves too. When a fenced area passes its carrying capacity for elephants, they start to encroach into farmland causing havoc for communities. Here @AfricanParksNetwork relocated 500 Elephants to another park within Malawi to reduce the pressure on human wildlife conflict and create more dispersed tourism. Every one of us can make a difference, not just today but every day. #earthday

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This is how Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been making money

Though Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are setting up their charity, and the duchess is actively looking for an agent and manager to represent her — finding their footing financially is going to take a bit of time. Still, after paying the $3 million back to taxpayers for the renovations of their U.K. home, Frogmore Cottage, the Sussexes are already adding to their personal $30 million net worth.

Last week, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex flew to Miami where the duke spoke at a JP Morgan event. The prince’s speech to 425 bankers was about facing his grief after the death of his mother. While in Miami — the pair stayed at Markle’s best friend’s Serena Williams estate and dined with Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez.

The Sunday Times is reporting that the Sussexes were paid $1 million (£760,000) for the speech though nothing has been confirmed.

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Just one week ago, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex asked that you kindly consider supporting various organisations around the world in lieu of sending gifts for the upcoming arrival of their first born. Not only did many of you lend your support, you took action. Their Royal Highnesses wanted you to know the impact of your support – the direct effect your donation, energy, and action made! YOU chose to be part of the collective good, and you have made a real difference. Whether a $5 donation, £1000 contribution, offering to volunteer, or spreading the word – you’ve played your part. And on behalf of The Duke and Duchess (and Baby Sussex), we thank you so much. YOUR IMPACT: @thelunchboxfund will now be able to provide a minimum of 100,000 additional hot nutritionally fortified meals to children in dire need across South Africa @littlevillagehq received donations from all over the world (from UAE to Hong Kong and the US), they’ve increased their monthly donors, had a surge in volunteer applications, and re-energized their hard working team of 200+ staff and volunteers @wellchild can now provide 300+ additional hours of specialist care by a Well Child Nurse for a child with serious health needs, allowing families to stay together at home vs in hospital @Baby2Baby have received over 5,000 products to disperse to children in need, including cribs, books, backpacks, diapers and have received monetary donations from around the globe – from Guadalajara to Italy. You made this happen. Thank you.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are required to do this royal event

Though the Sussexes are in charge of their own lives — they are still members of the British royal family. As a result, when the queen calls, they answer.

It looks like the duo will be headed back to the U.K. next month. According to the Sunday Times, Queen Elizabeth has requested their return for the Commonwealth service at Westminster Abbey in London on March 9.

The event is a part of the final round of engagements the Sussexes are committed to before they fully begin their new royal life. They will attend the service as president and vice-president of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.

The British press and public aren’t exactly pleased about Megxit so we shall see how the Sussexes are received in one of their last official royal events.