On Saturday, 18 January, statements were released from the Queen and Buckingham Palace regarding Harry and Meghan’s future.
In an effort to clear up some of the confusion and define what the above actually means, we’ve created this bullet pointed summary based on what we understand.
- Royal Duties: The couple will step back fully from all royal duties.
— Meghan and Harry will still attend engagements for the Queen — for example,
Trooping the Colour.
- Regarding the use of HRH or Their Royal Highnesses: Harry and Meghan will retain their HRH title, however come Spring, they just won’t use HRH and simply go by Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Palace officials are currently reviewing a previous incorrect statement made around how Harry and Meghan shall be addressed come Spring. It has to do with the placement of the comma – “Harry, Duke of Sussex” and “Meghan, Duchess of Sussex” are both incorrect. The comma is the key as it has been used to indicate divorced spouses, ie; Diana, Princess of Wales and Sarah, Duchess of York.
- Regarding Harry’s military titles: Harry will no longer be Captain General of the Royal Marines, Hon Air Commandant or Commodore-in-chief.
- Youth Ambassador: Harry will no longer retain this title or position.
- The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust: The couple will remain President and Vice President of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.
- They will both keep their patronages including;
— Harry: Invictus, Sentebale
— Meghan: Mayhew, Smart Works, The National Theatre, The Association of
Commonwealth Universities. (this could change, but as far as we know, it
remains as is.)
- Sovereign Grant (public funds): The couple will not receive Sovereign Grant funds but will continue to receive private financial support from Prince Charles – however, it may not be Duchy of Cornwell funds. This is still unclear.
- Frogmore Cottage, Windsor home: Harry and Meghan will keep Frogmore Cottage as their home, however they will payback £2.4 Million (roughly $3.13M USD) public money spent on the renovating of Frogmore Cottage. They will also pay any running costs for the home, going forward, privately.
- North America: The couple will reside mostly in North America.
- Transition Period: The entire transition period will be complete in the Spring 2020.
- ‘Sussex Royal’: Information around the use of the ‘Sussex Royal’ name to be shared over the next few weeks.
- Security: Details around security have not been shared.
- Review 2021: The Royal Family will review this situation in 2021.
We’ll continue to update the above summary with any new information as it becomes available.
On Thursday, 16 January, Meghan was spotted on Vancouver Island at Victoria airport picking up a friend. We will not post photos of the Duchess from this day as we feel the images are too intrusive. Here is the breakdown of what Meghan wore.
Meghan wore her black Soia & Kyo ‘Saundra’ coat, $695, which was first spotted in 2017 while leaving her trailer on the set of the TV show Suits, Toronto, Canada.
She’s wore her Le Spec ‘Bandwagon’ style sunglasses in black tort and khaki, a pair she has previously worn a number of times including Fraser Island, Australia in 2018 and Wimbledon, July 2019.
Once again the Duchess was seen on Sunday, 19 January, walking with Archie and the couple’s dogs, Guy (a Beagle) and Oz (a black Labrador) on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
Meghan wore her Kamik ‘Sienna’ Boots in dark brown leather. She was seen wearing the boots several times in December 2016. The style has been updated to the ‘Sienna’ 2, $119.
A great boot, I own a pair and they are really warm, waterproof and comfortable. The boots run in whole sizes so I would suggest sizing up a size. For example, if you are a 6.5, order a 7.
Archie’s carrier is the Ergobaby – Omni 360 Baby Carrier Cool Air Mesh, Raven, Blue, $180.
We’re unsure about the brand of Meghan’s beanie. It is a knit beanie in a khaki color. This one from Madewell looks similar and had been available in fern green, now only available in black at Nordstrom, $38 or pink, $25 at Madewell.
Meghan was also wearing black leggings and what appears to be a half-zip active-wear top two-tone or color block in black and blue possibly.
We’re thinking the leggings could be her Lulu Lemon black ‘Align Pant 28″‘, $98.
If you’re on the fence about purchasing a pair of these leggings they are well worth it. I own them in the black and they are super soft, comfortable and hold up well in the wash. I air dry mine, then toss them in the dryer for a few minutes.
We’ll continue to update this post with further information if it should become available.
Once again, this is an extraordinary set of circumstances and we would ask that any comments be respectful and constructive.