Megxit transition period: Queen allows Harry and Meghan ONE YEAR to change their minds

Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, will officially cease to be working members of the Queen’s family as of Tuesday, March 31, a spokesperson for the couple announced. An itinerary has been laid out for the couple’s final stint as working royals in the UK, before carving out their new lives.

However, the Queen appears to have left the door ajar for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

March 31 will trigger a 12-month period in which Meghan and Harry will no longer carry out duties on behalf of the Queen, but arrangements will still be open for review.

The one-year “transition” period will run for the financial year, and allow both sides to negotiate changes to “ensure the arrangement works for all parties”.

According to The Telegraph, a palace source said: “The point of the 12-month review is that the family wants the best for them and everyone recognises this is uncharted territory.


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“Rather than do something finite, this is a pragmatic family conversation about what’s working and what’s perhaps not working.”

The source said as there is “no precedent for this new model of working and eventual financial independence”, the finer details still need to be worked out.

As the couple will no longer be undertaking engagements in support of the Queen, they will not be retaining an office at Buckingham Palace.

Instead, from April 1, they will be represented via their UK foundation, the spokesperson for the couple said.

Unfortunately, the office closure means some of the 15 staff employed could be out of a job.

The Palace is reportedly trying to reassign some of the staff within the royal household, but there are likely to be some redundancies.

Harry will retain the ranks of Major, Lieutenant Commander, and Squadron Leader but his honorary military positions will be suspended.

The roles will not be filled by anyone else during the 12-month review period.

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Further details about the couple’s new charitable organisation will be released later this year but the spokesperson said the causes they supported, including the Commonwealth, community, youth empowerment and mental health, would remain the same.

Harry’s priorities also include the welfare of servicemen and women, conservation and HIV, while Meghan has focused on women’s empowerment, gender equality and education.

The couple will be welcomed back by the Royal Family at key points throughout the coming year, including the Queen’s Birthday Parade in June.

They said they intend to split their time between the UK and North America and the spokesperson said they would be in the UK “regularly”.

Harry is also expected to attend the London Marathon in April in his capacity as patron, while the couple will also attend the Invictus Games in the Netherlands in May.

The couple will formally retain their HRH titles but will not use them.

The use of the word ‘royal’ for their branding is under discussion, the spokesperson said, and an announcement on this will be made alongside the launch of the couple’s new non-profit organisation.

Harry and Meghan’s foundation applied to trademark the Sussex Royal brand – used on their website and social media – in June last year.

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