Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Reveal the Date of Their Royal Exit

February 20, 2020

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have a little more than a month left as senior members of the royal family.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will officially step down from their royal duties on March 31st, a spokesperson confirmed to People.

Before they walk away from Buckingham Palace, both still have a few more official engagements to attend to in Great Britain.

Harry will head to the Invictus Games on February 28th, while Meghan is set to mark International Women’s Day on March 8th. They will also both join the rest of the royal family for the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on March 9th.

It was previously revealed that the Duke and Duchess had begun closing their office within the palace, and come April 1st, they will instead be represented by their U.K. charity.

There will also be a 12-month transitional period, during which Harry’s honorary military positions will not be used, but he will retain the ranks of major, lieutenant commander and squadron leader.

While neither Meghan nor Harry will be able to use their HRH titles, they can continue to be known as The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. They will also keep their lesser-known titles of The Earl and Countess of Dumbarton and The Baron and Baroness Kilkeel. Who knew?!

Harry will also maintain being sixth in line for the throne, behind Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

Both Harry and Meghan are expected to be back in the United Kingdom on a regular basis, but will split their time in North America.

Since making their bombshell announcement in January, the couple, along with their son Archie, have kept a relatively low profile by retreating to Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada.

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