British Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced on Wednesday March 31 that they would formally retire as Frontline Royals after speaking to Buckingham Palace about formalizing their new financially independent roles.
Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, will no longer have an office at Buckingham Palace in London as they will no longer have any formal royal duties for Queen Elizabeth II as of April 1st. The formal arrangements for separation are then reviewed 12 months.
"The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will officially resign as high-ranking kings from March 31," said a spokesman for the couple.
35-year-old Prince Harry will retain his military ranks as Major, Lieutenant Commander and Squadron Leader and will not use his military honorary positions or perform official duties related to these roles.
The couple retain their HRH (His and Her Royal Highness) titles, but are not allowed to use them. The use of the word "royal" as part of their Sussex Royal brand is reportedly still being discussed with palace officials.
The spokesman for the couple, who is expected to settle in Canada and "regularly" spend time in the UK, said they will release more details of their charitable foundation later in the year.
In the meantime, the duo will be back in the UK in the next few weeks to complete around six formal engagements, including Prince Harry's participation in an Invictus Games event with singer Jon Bon Jovi next week.
38-year-old Meghan Markle will take part in an event on International Women's Day in early March. On March 9, the couple met with other high-ranking royals for a Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.
Last month, the couple had signed a formal exit contract with a royal family, giving up their British taxpayers.
The deal, which comes into effect on April 1, means that the couple will no longer officially represent the queen.
Queen Elizabeth II said the agreement resulted from months of discussion and was a "constructive and supportive" path for her grandson and family after Prince Harry and Meghan announced plans to step down as high-ranking kings.
"Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be popular members of my family," was the personal statement of the 93-year-old monarch at the time.
"I acknowledge the challenges they have faced through intense scrutiny over the past two years and support their desire for a more independent life," she said, thanking the couple for their work for Britain and the Commonwealth.
The couple have been in Canada since the agreement was signed with their nine-month-old son Archie.
They had a particularly difficult year in 2019 when they talked about the media in their television documentary and decided to take legal action against British tabloids for privacy violation.
"I didn't take the decision I made for my wife and me to resign lightly," Prince Harry said in a speech last month.
"Britain is my home and a place that I love. It will never change," he added.