Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s New Roles Are Only on a Trial Basis

It’s been an intense start to 2020 for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. After returning to the U.K. following their six-week hiatus — the Duke and Duchess of Sussex dropped a bombshell that was heard across the globe.

Though many royal fans knew that the Sussexes had been struggling in the public eye, especially after their emotional ITV documentary, Harry and Meghan: An African Journey, we had no clue they were considering blowing up the monarchy as we know it.

On Jan 8. the Sussexes announced that they would be stepping back as senior members of the royal family, and nothing has been the same since.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are no longer working royals

When they initially announced their intent to step back as senior members of the royal family, the Sussexes had hoped to work on the queen’s behalf part-time. In their initial statement, they said,

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. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. 

However, now that the details have been ironed out, the Sussexes will no longer be working royals at all. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are grateful to Her Majesty and the Royal Family for their ongoing support as they embark on the next chapter of their lives,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement. “As agreed in this new arrangement, they understand that they are required to step back from Royal duties, including official military appointments. They will no longer receive public funds for Royal duties.   With The Queen’s blessing, the Sussexes will continue to maintain their private patronages and associations. While they can no longer formally represent The Queen, the Sussexes have made clear that everything they do will continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty.”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are not being stripped of their titles

Moving forward the Sussexes will be known as Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. “The Sussexes will not use their HRH titles as they are no longer working members of the Royal Family,” Buckingham Palace said.

However, many royal fans noted the tricky wording. Though the Sussexes will not use their HRH titles, they are not being stripped of them.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s new roles are on a trial basis

Since the Sussexes are embarking on a journey that the royal family has never dealt with before, everything they encounter will be a new experience. Therefore, the roles that have hammered out and approved by Queen Elizabeth II, have not been set in stone.

The progressive new roles change drastically in time. “The new changes — which will take effect in Spring 2020 will last for a year, at which point the royal family will revisit the arrangement,” a royal insider told People.

We hope these new roles will give the Sussexes the peace that they deserve.