Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan will carry out a number of engagements in March before departing from their senior positions in the Royal Family at the end of the month, Buckingham Palace has announced.
New details state that the couple's spring transition from royal life will begin on March 31. As of the following day, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be represented by their UK foundation team, since they will no longer be carrying out royal engagements on behalf of the Queen.
"As there is no precedent for this new model of working and eventual financial independence, the Royal family and The Sussexes have agreed to an initial 12-month review to ensure the arrangement works for all parties," a spokesperson said, according to People.
Before March 31, Harry and Meghan have a number of engagements where they will undertake work in their positions for the last time. Here's where we can expect to see the duke, duchess or both:
On Jan. 8, the couple announced they would step down from their senior royal roles and work toward financial independence. Harry later attended talks with the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William at Sandringham, in which the couple agreed they will retain their HRH titles but not use them. Harry will also retain his titles of Major, Lieutenant Commander and Squadron Leader, but will not use them during the initial 12-month trial period of this arrangement and will not perform duties associated with the roles.
These new details about Harry and Meghan's future come as reports say the Sussexes are in discussions about their use of the word "royal." The talks reportedly involve the Queen and senior officials, according to the Daily Mail. They are thought to focus specifically on whether the Sussexes will use "royal" as part of their branding for their new non-profit initiative.
Harry and Meghan had wanted to call it Sussex Royal, but it's thought the word "royal" will not be part of the couple's future branding, according to CNN. The Sussexes currently use the @SussexRoyal Instagram handle and their official website was launched at Sussexroyal.com after announcing their decision to step down from their senior roles in January.
"The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be spending their time in both the United Kingdom and North America," a spokesperson said in a statement to People. "In addition to continuing to work closely with their existing patronages as they build a plan for engagements in the U.K. and the Commonwealth throughout the year, The Duke and Duchess have also been undertaking meetings as part of their ongoing work to establish a new non-profit organization. The details of this new organization will be shared later in the year.
"In general, the themes of their cause related work will remain unchanged, which includes the Commonwealth, community, youth empowerment and mental health, collectively."