Things might not be going exactly according to plan for Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex following their exit from the British royal family, but they are trying to make the most of things. Following their final royal engagements in early March 2020, the Sussexes left the U.K. and headed back to their rental home on Vancouver Island in Canada.
The duo had hoped to move to Los Angeles, California, and launch their new venture Archewell, right away. Unfortunately, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, halted any plans they had to embark on their new life. Now, the pair are hunkering down in Hollywood with their young son, Archie Harrison, only coming out to volunteer for various charity organizations.
However, now that much of the United States will reportedly go back to some semblance of normalcy in the coming months, Prince Harry has just announced his first solo, post-royal project. It centers a cause near and dear to his heart.
Prince Harry wants to make his mark outside of the British royal family
For Prince Harry, being a member of the British royal family certainly had its ups and downs. He remembers how the press treated his mother, Princess Diana, and he also recalled his rebellious teens and early 20s, where he found himself splashed across newspapers and tabloids.
Leaving the royal family, and stepping outside of Prince William’s immense shadow will give him the opportunity to do the work that he loves on his own terms. Instead of being defined as the spare to the heir, he will simply be able to be known as, Harry.
“The couple’s future isn’t certain,” The Atlantic’s Caitlin Flanagan explained. “They are hugely appealing and glamorous. Everyone in Hollywood is eager to host them. The first few years of this plan are going to be heady. But — as Harry has often said — as soon as William’s three children become old enough to emerge as individual figures, the klieg lights will immediately turn to them. He is in a rush to make his mark and seems to treat life as a race, too.”
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are telling their side of the story
Though the Sussexes have been adamant about not taking on any projects that embarrass or make fun of the royal family, they want their voices heard. As a result, the pair have been collaborating with journalists Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand on a new biographical book, Thoroughly Modern Royals: The Real World of Meghan and Harry.
Set to be released on August 11, the book will allegedly cover the couple from Meghan’s introduction into the royal family through their final royal event, Commonwealth Day 2020. The book obviously seems exciting, but it certainly won’t be salacious especially since the pair have been reconnecting with the royal family.
Mostly, this will be an opportunity for the duchess, in particular, to get some things off of her chest.
Prince Harry just announced his first post-royal project
For the Duke of Sussex, living in LA is a wholly different world. Though Meghan is said to be settling into life in her hometown gracefully, reports are swirling that Prince Harry is struggling a bit. “Harry is hoping that once the lockdown is lifted things will be a lot easier and they will fall into step with the pace of life there,” a royal insider told Express. Still, when LA does lift their lockdown restrictions, the prince will dive back into work, full speed.
Harry has just launched HeadFIT, a platform that provides U.K. military personnel with 24/7 access to mental healthcare and advice. The duke, who spent 10 years in the military, first announced the project in October 2017, and it’s finally firing on all cylinders. The platform includes breathing and relaxation tools and can be accessed by active and retired members of the military.
“HeadFIT has been almost three years in the making, and I am extremely grateful for everyone who has been on this journey with us,” Prince Harry says in a statement. “I’ve long believed the military community should lead the way for the rest of society. For too long we have been waiting for problems to arise and then reacting to them. HeadFIT is a proactive approach to mental fitness, focusing on our own potential to increase our performance, using proven methods in sport science.”
It looks like the Sussexes are more than ready to get back to work.