The Real Reason Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Schedule Is so Hectic in 2020

The Sussexes have returned to royal life. After a lengthy hiatus away from the cameras and the public, where they spent quality time as a couple and with their infant son, Archie Harrison, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have returned to the U.K. and their royal duties.

The duo kicked off their 2020 schedule with a visit to Canada House. They spoke with Janice Charette, High Commissioner in Canada to the U.K and her staff about their picturesque Canadian holiday. Additionally, the pair got to visit an art exhibit by Indigenous Canadian artist Skawennati.

Though the visit to Canada House was the perfect way to begin their duties in the New Year — things are about to get extremely hectic for the Sussexes.

Prince Andrew’s scandal has Prince Harry and Meghan Markle working overtime

Just before the Sussexes headed out on their holiday, Prince Andrew was effectively booted out of the royal family (at least publically). The Duke of York had been a senior royal for his entire life. However, following the death of late financier and sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein, Prince Andrew’s relationship with Epstein was called into question.

After a terribly received interview on BBC Newsnight, the duke stepped away from his royal duties. However, this left a gaping hole in the royals’ organizations and charity work. Prince Charles, Duchess Camilla Parker Bowles, the Cambridges, and the Sussexes will be forced to pick up the slack.

“You might see William, Kate, Harry and Meghan involved in this,” Daily Mirror’s royal editor Russell Myers explained on Pod Save the Queen. “They will be lumbered with a lot more work, you’d imagine. [Andrew} was a patron of 230-odd charities, it is an awful lot.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle must define Sussex Royal

One of the reasons why 2019 was such a hectic year for Markle and the prince was because they were all over the place. After splitting with Prince William and Kate Middleton’s organization, they seemed to flounder a bit. In 2020, they must define the Sussex Royal branch of the royal family.

The duo is already making strides. They’ve trademarked Sussex Royal. The trademark covers printed materials — like magazines and booklets — as well as clothing items, education, social care services, and charitable fundraising. Also, it appears that the Sussex Royal Foundation will be a global organization.

“They are expected to make their plans clear soon,” royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told Express U.K. “There are likely to be important celebrity links to their future charitable work such as Harry’s collaborating with Oprah Winfrey for a TV documentary series on mental health due to be aired this year.”

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Today, we are excited to be able to announce details for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s upcoming tour to Africa! • In just two weeks, Their Royal Highnesses will embark on this official tour focusing on community, grassroots leadership, women’s and girls’ rights, mental health, HIV/AIDS and the environment. This programme has been many months in the making, and The Duke and Duchess are eager to focus their energies on the great work being done in Southern Africa. From meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu to joining ‘Waves for Change’ on Monwabisi Beach, the South Africa programme will be educational and inspiring. The Duke is especially proud to continue the legacy left by his mother with her work in Angola as he joins Halo Trust again in an effort to rid the world of landmines. HRH will also travel to Malawi where he will check in on the British Army’s partnership with African Parks and will be working on the ground supporting local communities. The Duke is particularly proud to be able to deliver an exciting new initiative, a Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy three-country partnership which he designed and consulted with Governments in Namibia, Botswana and Angola to protect forest and wildlife corridors around the Okavango Delta. The Duchess will be working with local organisations to promote women and girls’ health and education, entrepreneurship and leadership. With such a textured culture and history, Their Royal Highnesses are grateful for the opportunity to connect with those on the ground in Southern Africa and to be inspired by the work being done and learn how they can be better supported. As President and Vice President of The Queens Commonwealth Trust and The Duke’s role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, The Duke and Duchess cannot wait to meet with young leaders mobilising change and adding to the beauty of these Commonwealth countries • “We look forward to seeing you soon!” • Photo ©️ PA images / Tim Graham – Getty Images / @Sentebale /@AfricanParksNetwork / @YouthAlert

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This is why Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s 2020 schedule will be so hectic

The Sussexes took such a long break because they knew how chaotic this year would be. “There’s a hell of a lot of work to be done and things to be talked through but a very useful conversation,” Prince Harry said. Additionally, the pair seemed to have calmed rumors that they will be abandoning the U.K. for Canada or the United States.

“They also feel energized and are looking forward to returning to royal duties, something their unwise ITV documentary on their Southern Africa tour put in doubt,” Fitzwilliams explained. “The global reach of their Sussex Royal Foundation is potentially vast. When Harry spoke of ‘a hell of a lot of work to be done’ he was obviously referring to the importance of helping others. We will see where things go from here but expect a pretty full royal program for the Sussexes after their six-week break. We also look forward to learning details of their future charitable activities and of further patronages.”

With Markle’s nod towards her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton by wearing the Duchess of Cambridge’s favorite jewelry designer to Canada House, it appears that the Sussexes are also looking to mend fences this year too.