Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Will No Longer Be Able To This 1 Thing After Stepping Down As Senior Royals

Now that they are no longer considered senior members of the royal family, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be spending a lot more time away from the spotlight. Not only will they be taking on fewer responsibilities moving forward, but they are also planning on splitting their time between the U.K. and North America. While the couple will still be a part of the monarchy, there is one thing they won’t be able to do now that they are not senior members of the royal family.

Prince Harry Meghan Markle Senior Royals
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry | Chris Jackson – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are giving this up

Taking to Instagram, Harry and Meghan just announced that they no longer want to be a part of the senior group of royals. It is a bit murky as to who comprises this exclusive group, though it is generally accepted that the senior members of the royal family are those who hold top positions in the line of succession.

According to Town and Country, senior royals work full-time for the monarchy, representing Queen Elizabeth at various engagements, and acting as the face of the monarchy both at home and overseas. This group also includes spouses.

As sixth in line to the throne, Prince Harry was considered a senior member of the royal family prior to his recent announcement. Other members include Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Camilla Parker Bowles, Prince William, and Kate Middleton.

Since stepping away from their roles as senior members, the one thing Harry and Meghan can no longer do is carry out the duties of the monarchy in Queen Elizabeth’s absence.

But considering all the struggles they faced in 2019, it is a safe bet that Harry and Meghan are looking forward to being relieved of that duty.

Are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle quitting the royal family altogether?

Although their announcement was a major setback for the royals, Harry and Meghan are not ditching the family altogether. The two are no longer a part of the inner circle and are looking to establish financial independence, but they are still going to work alongside members of the monarchy.

In their statement, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle insisted that they will continue to work on projects with Queen Elizabeth, Charles, and William in the years to come.

It is unclear what this really means, but there is a good chance that Harry and Meghan will continue to support various collaborations with his side of the family.  

That said, the couple is also looking to expand their charitable endeavors to North America and are reportedly thinking about moving to Canada. If that happens, then a lot of the couple’s time will be taken up. And living thousands of miles away from the rest of the royals will make future projects difficult to schedule.

How did the royals react to the news?

Shortly after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle dropped the big announcement, Buckingham Palace released a statement through a spokesperson.

“Discussions with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage,” the statement read. “We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through.”

Based on the statement, it sounds like Harry and Meghan did not inform other members of the royal family about their plan. It also means that their exit is not finalized and there is a chance that they retain some of their duties.

But considering how Harry and Meghan are looking to obtain financial independence, there is a good chance that their ultimate goal is to separate completely from the royal life.

Whatever happens, it is clear that the drama is far from over.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex return to their royal duties

While we wait to hear more, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have already returned to their royal duties. The couple paid a visit to Canada House at the start of 2020 and thanked the High Commission for the country’s hospitality.

The Sussexes spent the holidays with Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, at a luxurious home on Vancouver Island. They stayed out of the spotlight for the majority of their trip, though sources say that they enjoyed their break.

Speaking of Meghan’s mom, there has been a lot of talk about them moving to Los Angeles so that she can be closer to Ragland.

Queen Elizabeth has called an emergency meeting with Prince Harry, Prince William, and Prince Charles to discuss what the future holds for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.