London (TEH) – British Prince Harry (35) and Duchess Meghan (38) have quit their jobs as full-time royals in the middle of the corona pandemic.
From Wednesday on they go their own way and no longer take on official duties of the royal family. Over the next few months, they want to focus on their own family and develop their future nonprofit organizations, as her spokeswoman said.
On their Instagram account, the two said goodbye to their approximately 11.3 million followers and found thoughtful words about the Corona outbreak: the world seemed “extremely fragile”, they wrote in a longer post. The most important thing is the health and well-being of everyone worldwide. “Please take good care of yourself.” They signed with “Harry and Meghan”. An official farewell announcement was not planned, as a spokeswoman for Buckingham Palace told the German Press Agency on Tuesday.
The two are now no longer part of the royal circle and renounce the title “Royal Highness”. The “Sussex Royal” brand, which they have used since their wedding, may no longer be used from April. That could be particularly annoying for Harry and Meghan because this brand would surely have given them high income. Her Instagram account was also named that way.
They have not yet given away their new brand name. They didn’t want to attract attention during the pandemic, her spokeswoman for the PA news agency said. According to the information, the two want to pay for security measures themselves. For this alone, the costs could amount to four million pounds (about 4.5 million euros) per year, the Daily Mail reported.
It remains unclear how Harry, the sixth in the line of succession to the throne, and the former US actress (“Suits”) want to finance their lavish lifestyle in the future. Will Meghan return to the film industry? Or is the couple giving lectures? Both Harry and Meghan are said to have substantial assets. According to the “Daily Mail”, heir to the throne Prince Charles (71) will also help his son Harry with money from the private box for another year.
“Even if you can no longer see us here (on Instagram), the work will continue,” wrote the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as parting, without going into detail. They don’t give up their patronage. They will continue to be involved in areas that are particularly close to their hearts – such as the Invictus Games for war victims and equal rights for women.
The couple had announced in January that they would partially withdraw from their royal duties, mainly live in Canada with their son Archie, and become financially independent. However, the two later agreed on a clear break with the royal family. Queen Elizabeth II (93) wants to have the agreed regulations reviewed in one year. She is said to have not seen her great-grandson, Archie, in months. He will be one year old on May 6th.
The small family temporarily lived on the Canadian island of Vancouver Island. The royals are now said to have moved to the US state of California. They live in Los Angeles, where Meghan grew up and where her mother lives. US President Donald Trump tweeted in an irritated tone that the United States would not pay for family protection. “You have to pay!”. Harry and Meghan are considered harsh critics of Trump.
Will they feel comfortable in the US and in their new roles? British Royal expert Penny Junor believes that the two are in danger of becoming “pretty irrelevant”. In Great Britain too. The close circle of the royal family would now lead the people through the corona crisis. Junor believes Harry and Meghan will be forgotten for now. “It’s very sad.”