Prince Harry, Meghan Markle Set Timeline For Royal Exit

We now have a specific timeline for how Sussexit will play out.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will officially step down from their royal duties and begin their new private life on March 31, a spokesperson for the couple confirmed to the British Press Association

They’ll carry out six more royal engagements before then, including a return to London for Commonwealth Day celebrations on March 9. Prince Harry will also attend an Invictus Games event with Bon Jovi on Feb. 28.

According to the BBC, any events they attend after that date will not be on behalf of the Queen, which is what working royals usually do. Instead, they’ll be represented via their U.K. foundation.

They do have several events scheduled for after March 31: Harry is expected to attend the London Marathon in April, and together they plan to attend the Invictus Games in the Netherlands in May.

At The Vancouver Women's Shelter

The Duchess of Sussex visited Downtown Eastside Women's Centre in Vancouver, on Jan. 14, 2019. There, she met with staff and discussed issues affecting women in the community ... and had tea.

Invictus Games Toronto

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made their first public appearance as a couple at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto.

Invictus Games Toronto

At the Games, Markle sported a white button-up shirt by her friend Misha Nonoo and ripped skinny jeans with an oversized Everlane tote.

Invictus Games Toronto

Megan and Harry watched a wheelchair tennis event at the Invictus Games in Toronto on Sept. 25, 2017. 

"Suits"

Before she was the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle made a name for herself through acting. She got her big break on the TV show "Suits," where she played Rachel Zane, from 2011-2017.

At An Instagram Dinner

Meghan attends the Instagram Dinner held at the MaRS Discovery District on May 31, 2016, in Toronto.

At The Luminato Big Bang Bash

Meghan Markle at the Luminato Big Bang Bash on June 9, 2016, in Toronto.

"Suits"

Meghan lived in Toronto for the duration of her time filming the television series "Suits."

At A Private Dinner At Hudson's Bay

Meghan attends the Roland Mouret private dinner at Hudson's Bay in Toronto on April 28, 2016.

At World MasterCard Fashion Week

Meghan Markle attends World MasterCard Fashion Week Fall 2015 Collections on March 25, 2015, in Toronto.

Speaking At The Dove Self-Esteem Project

Aside from acting, Markle was also a noted feminist, focusing her attention on gender equality. In 2015, she attended the Dove Self-Esteem Project event on Oct. 6, 2015, in Toronto.

At The MuchMusic Video Awards

Meghan Markle at the 2013 MuchMusic Video Awards on June 16, 2013, held in Toronto.

At The Toronto International Film Festival

Markle attends the Rising Stars: 2012 Producers Ball during the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 5, 2012.

"Suits"

Meghan Markle on season 2 of the television series "Suits," which was filmed in Toronto.

At The Toronto Film Festival

Meghan Markle attends the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 11, 2012, in Toronto.

Wednesday’s announcement also stated that Harry will also retain some of his military titles. He will still be credited as major, lieutenant commander, and squadron leader.

The couple will continue to work with their existing patronages, and will launch their nonprofit organization later this year.

When they announced their plan to step down in January, Harry and Meghan said they would split their time between the U.K. and North America. Along with their infant son Archie, they stayed in B.C. over the Christmas holiday, and after a brief sojourn to London at an event to thank Canada for their hospitality, Meghan returned to Vancouver Island.

Harry stayed behind for more events (and to work out the details of his and his wife’s departure from the Royal Family), and joined his wife and son a few weeks later. (He even flew WestJet.)

According to the BBC, the palace will review Harry and Meghan’s arrangement after one year.

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