Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, are no longer going by their formal royal titles. In a letter addressed to Street Games, an organization aimed at keeping communities safe by using sports, Harry and Meghan expressed their thanks for their continued efforts during the on-going pandemic, and signed the letter dated June 19, 2020, “Harry and Meghan.” This confirmed that the couple, even though they have retained their Duke and Duchess titles after exiting the royal family, have made a decision to keep things more casual.
And that is only one of the ways Harry and Meghan are beginning “to carve out a progressive new role” for themselves. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, officially left the British royal family this past spring amidst tremendously polarized public opinions. But what have the former royals been up to since their departure?
After leaving the UK, the couple spent two weeks in Canada on Vancouver Island, however, they have since set up residence in sunny California where they have been in quarantine. Reportedly, they have been staying at Tyler Perry’s mansion in Beverly Hills, one of the most upscale neighborhoods in Los Angeles and home to many A-List celebrities. However, insiders also confirm that they are looking to buy their own house in the area in the near future.
Los Angeles would seem a natural place for the couple to live as Harry has been working with Oprah on a new docuseries about mental health since 2019, a subject in which Harry is personally passionate, and Meghan (no stranger to Hollywood herself) has just voiced the new movie Elephant on Disney+. In addition to that, Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, still lives in Lala Land and is assumed to have moved in with the family of three. Meghan and her mother are very close, and as they will be splitting their time between the UK and the US, it would make sense for the couple to want to raise their son near family on both sides of the pond.
Already helping out their new community, the couple was recently spotted walking through West Hollywood in masks and gloves, personally delivering meals in blue bags from Project Angel Food for people with serious illnesses who are most at risk and have been affected by the pandemic. Even during quarantine, they continue to be active participants in multiple charities, including launching their new non-profit, Archewell, and making only a few public appearances, mostly via video. Ricky Neal, of Crisis Text Line, took a selfie with them on the screen when they crashed a Zoom call to applaud the employees for their exemplary efforts and sustained support for those struggling with mental illness. And who could forget the adorable video Harry filmed of Meghan reading Duck! Rabbit! to Archie on his birthday to promote the Save The Children’s social campaign, #Savewithstories?
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Their biggest detour from royal life, besides the more casual clothes, city of residence, and lack of titles, is the freedom with which they are able to express themselves to the public. Savoir Flair covered Meghan’s heartfelt and emotional graduation speech to her alma mater, Immaculate Heart, wherein she addressed the BLM movement and her own experience growing up during the LA Riots. She ended by encouraging the young women, just starting out in life, to be the leaders we so desperately need. Dickie Arbiter, former press secretary for Queen Elizabeth II, told Newsweek in an interview that “had Meghan and Harry still been in the UK and working members of the royal family, that speech couldn’t have happened.” Nor could Harry have addressed JP Morgan so openly about his own struggles with his mental health and decision to step down from royal duties.
We expect to hear more from the former royals, as they have just signed a deal with New York-based Harry Walker Agency for speaking engagements. Harry Walker represents such sought-after speakers as Michelle and Barack Obama, as well as Bill and Hillary Clinton. And in August, a much-anticipated biography entitled Finding Freedom by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand — two reporters part of an exclusive group permitted to cover the royal family — promises to enlighten us about the enigmatic, forward-thinking couple who are determined to create their own path in this world.