Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Won’t Be Working for Awhile

Following their final days as senior working members of the British royal family, Prince Harry, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex hoped to announce their new brand name and their plans for the future. Though the Sussexes had been working diligently on their next steps since announcing Megxit in January 2020, things didn’t actually turn out as planned.

When the duke and duchess finished their final royal engagements in early March 2020, there seemed to be a ton of friction between the couple and the remaining members of the British royal family. Almost as soon as they completed their final royal engagement, Commonwealth Day, the Sussexes left the U.K. for their rented home on Vancouver Island in Canada.

Unfortunately, just as Prince Harry and Meghan were set to focus on a new path, the coronavirus (COVID-19) began to ravage the world. As a result, the duo, along with their infant son, Archie, left Canada for their permanent home base, Los Angeles, California. Now it appears that the Sussexes won’t be working for quite some time.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry won’t launch their rebrand until later this year

Though they’d hoped to get on the ground running, the global pandemic has thwarted everyone’s plans, including the Sussexes. Though they’ve shuttered their Sussex Royal brand, and there have been rumors about Meghan relaunching, The Tig, a cookbook and more acting work, no Sussex news will be announced in the near future.

“Meghan and Harry are trying to rebrand themselves and want to make a big media splash but are stymied by the coronavirus situation,” a source said to US Weekly. “They are losing out on potential paid opportunities by having to keep a low profile. They did the move to L.A. to be closer to the deal makers and are setting up calls and virtual meetings with agents, studio heads. Meghan and Harry are “plotting for a summer or fall ‘splash.’”

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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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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are spending their time as a family in LA

Like many of us, the Sussexes are practicing self-quarantining amid the coronavirus crisis. They are currently isolating in a compound in Hollywood. Though they are keeping in touch with family and friends, they are adhering to LA’s rules and regulations, which means no visitors.

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will spend the next few months focusing on their family and continuing to do what they can, safely and privately, to support and work with their pre-existing charitable commitments while developing their future nonprofit organization,” the couple’s team said in a statement

The pair are also using this quiet time to ease any lingering tensions with the British royal family.

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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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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry won’t be working for a while

The Sussexes hope to become completely financially independent in due time. For now, they will be getting financial help from Prince Charles.  “Prince Charles will still continue to offer private financial support to Meghan, Harry, and Archie,” BAZAAR.com’s Royal Editor At Large, Omid Scobie, reported on Twitter.

In fact, it will be some time before the pair publically get back to work. After such a stressful time in the spotlight and amid their Megxit announcement, the duo is really relishing their time away from the spotlight.

“It is interesting because we had such a build-up since January to the departure of Meghan and Harry stepping back as senior working royals,” Scobie said on his podcast The Heir Pod. “Suddenly on March 31 it sort of crept up on us really quickly, we had the couple announcing the beginning of their transition period over the next year on Instagram. At the same time, they were announcing that they are closing down their social media and their website and taking a break for the next few months. I think it has really taken everyone by surprise. Because there was so much talk about the couple preparing projects and ready to launch initiatives. When actually it was two people that were like, ‘We need a break too.'”