Meghan Markle and Prince Harry confirmed in January they had decided to take a step back from royal life to pursue a more “progressive” position independently from the Royal Purse. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced on Tuesday the new system devised with the Royal Family will be in place from April 1 after the couple undertakes a last round of engagements on behalf of the Queen. But royal commentator Melanie Bromley suggested Meghan and Harry will have the chance to “re-evaluate” their decision one year into the new arrangement and they could decide to resume their duties as working royals then.
The E! chief news correspondent said: “Meghan and Harry are going to be leaving the Royal Family in their roles as we know it at the end of March.
“That’s going to be the beginning of, really, their year of transition and being independent of the Royal Family.
“And then, after a year, they will re-evaluate if they like their new situation. But they seem to be having a really great time in Vancouver.”
Ms Bromley continued: “We’ve been told they will take a year and see how it goes.
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“There were some paparazzi pictures that came out this weekend buying sandwiches. He never would have had that before because of all the security – the paparazzi would never have followed him.
“So let’s see how Harry and Meghan find it after a year in Vancouver, a year of being followed.”
The Duke of Sussex was pictured over the weekend visiting a shop on Vancouver Island with little to no security escorting him, a dire change from the hordes of bodyguard following him while on outings.
Meghan and Harry have been spending the past month in Canada with their son Archie as they wait for the new system to come into effect in March.
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The Duke and Duchess however are expected to travel back to the UK as early as next week to attend a final series of official engagements before they officially step down.
The outings will include a recording session with rockstar Jon Bon Jovi and the Invictus Game Choir for Prince Harry and a conference marking International Women’s Day for Meghan Markle.
Prince Harry confirmed his plans to join the recording session at Abbey Road Studios with a jokey text exchange shared on his and Meghan’s personal Instagram account, @SussexRoyal.
The pair are meeting at the studios on February 28 where the rockstar will re-record his song Unbroken in aid of the Invictus Games Foundation, which supports an international multi-sport event for injured or sick military personnel.
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The final engagement the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will undertake is expected to be the ceremony marking Commonwealth Day at Westminster Abbey on March 9.
Prince Harry personally set up the games after attending the Warrior Games in the US in 2013 and has been the leading patron of the organisation since its foundation the following year.
The Duke will then attend an award ceremony for another of his patronages, the Endeavour Fund on March 5 before opening up the Silverstone Experience with Lewis Hamilton the following day.
Meghan and Harry will then join forces on March 7 at the Mountbatten Music Festival in London before the Duchess is expected to mark International Women’s Day by herself.
The Duke and Duchess will then conclude their royal career at the Commonwealth Day celebrations at Westminster Abbey in their capacity as President and Vice-President of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.
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