Earlier this year, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle took to their Instagram account to announce their decision to step back as senior royals. While the couple still continues to be a part of the British royal family, they will give up their official titles starting tomorrow, April 1, and no longer represent the Queen. This also means that they can no longer use the name Sussex Royal for their non-profit organization, website, or Instagram account.
A lot has happened in the world since this announcement, so the Duke and Duchess of Sussex communicated through their social media platform one last time. In an emotional post, the couple thanked their followers for their support and inspiration, and urged them to take care of one another in these trying times. “Thank you to this community – for the support, the inspiration, and the shared commitment to the good in the world,” they wrote. Signing off as simply “Harry & Meghan”, they have bid farewell to their formal life – and marked the beginning of a new one.
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As we can all feel, the world at this moment seems extraordinarily fragile. Yet we are confident that every human being has the potential and opportunity to make a difference—as seen now across the globe, in our families, our communities and those on the front line—together we can lift each other up to realise the fullness of that promise. What’s most important right now is the health and wellbeing of everyone across the globe and finding solutions for the many issues that have presented themselves as a result of this pandemic. As we all find the part we are to play in this global shift and changing of habits, we are focusing this new chapter to understand how we can best contribute. While you may not see us here, the work continues. Thank you to this community – for the support, the inspiration and the shared commitment to the good in the world. We look forward to reconnecting with you soon. You’ve been great! Until then, please take good care of yourselves, and of one another. Harry and Meghan