Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Exit From the Royal Family Is Not Going As Planned

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s exit from the royal family could not be off to a worse start. Amid all the backlash over Megxit, the coronavirus pandemic has derailed the couple’s high-profile exit. Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, are looking for a fresh start, but here are all the ways their exit from the royal family is not going as planned.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle forced to change plans

The coronavirus pandemic has forced the royal family — and the rest of the world— to make big changes. Most of the royals are currently living under lockdown in the UK and have canceled events for the next month.

Harry and Meghan have taken similar steps. Prince Harry has already postponed his upcoming Invictus Games and delayed his appearance at the London marathon in April.

The US is continuing its social distancing guidelines through the end of April, which will prevent Harry and Meghan from traveling. The couple recently flew to Los Angeles, where they will likely remain until the crisis is under control.

Given all these restrictions, we do not know what Harry and Meghan will be able to do in the coming months. The two are currently working on becoming financially independent, but that will be difficult amid the pandemic.

Meghan reportedly kept Harry from returning home

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex traveled to their new home in Los Angeles right before the US and Canada closed their borders. The move also coincided with the announcement that Prince Charles had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Many royal watchers expected Harry to return to the UK in a show of solidarity for the royal family. According to Fox News, Meghan pulled the plug on that idea and forced Harry to stay home.

“Under no circumstances is she okay with him traveling anywhere right now,” a source shared.

The insider added that Prince Harry has talked to Prince Charles since his diagnosis. The Sussexes are also sad that they cannot do more to help Charles, who has only displayed mild symptoms and is currently out of self-isolation.

While there is little Harry and Meghan could do for the royal family, fans have criticized their decision to go to Los Angeles instead of the UK.

Do Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have a plan?

As part of their exit deal, Harry and Meghan will not use their HRH titles. This means the couple will have to rebrand their main charitable foundation, Sussex Royal, which they launched last year.

Prince Harry and Meghan have not revealed what they will call their new organization, but they have made it clear that it will not be the same as Sussex Royal. It is unclear what they have planned, but fans can rest assured that the Sussexes will continue projects that are close to their hearts.

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This afternoon, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day, alongside Her Majesty The Queen and Members of The Royal Family. The Commonwealth is a global network of 54 countries, working in collaboration towards shared economic, environmental, social and democratic goals, and the Service today seeks to highlight the vast community which spans every geographical region, religion and culture, embracing diversity amongst its population of 2.4 billion people, of which 60 percent are under 30 years old. As President and Vice-President of the @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been passionate advocates of the Commonwealth having spent many years working closely with the next generation of Commonwealth leaders. The theme of the Commonwealth for 2020 is ‘Delivering A Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming', placing emphasis on youth, the environment, trade, governance, and ICT (Information and Communications Technology) and innovation. From working to protect the earth's natural resources and preserving the planet for generations to come, to championing fair trade and empowering the youth of today to transform the communities of tomorrow, the Service celebrates the Commonwealth's continued commitment to delivering a peaceful, prosperous and more sustainable future for all. Photo © PA

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Although they are currently under lockdown in California, inside sources claim that they are actively building a team. The two have reportedly been calling potential staff members and are working to build patronages.

They will also be renaming their website and Instagram account, though it is anyone’s guess what name they will select. The only thing we know for sure is that it will not contain the word “royal.”

How will Harry and Meghan pay for security?

With Prince Harry and Meghan’s exit finalized, they can no longer rely on the crown for security. If the couple was hoping that the US would fit the bill, they better have a backup plan.

According to The Hill, President Donald Trump recently revealed that Harry and Meghan need to pay for their own security if they decide to relocate to the US. Trump tweeted the message shortly after Harry and Meghan landed in Los Angeles.

“I am a great friend and admirer of the Queen & the United Kingdom. It was reported that Harry and Meghan, who left the Kingdom, would reside permanently in Canada. Now they have left Canada for the U.S. however, the U.S. will not pay for their security protection. They must pay!” Trump shared.

Prince Harry and Meghan originally announced their departure from the royal family in January. They have spent the past few months working out the final details of their exit, which became official on March 31.

The royals will re-examine Harry and Meghan’s exit plan in 12 months. Exactly what that entails remains to be seen, but it does not sound like the Sussexes are planning on coming back to the monarchy anytime soon.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have not commented on the reports surrounding their exit.