Harry and Meghan to begin new life away from Britain’s royals on March 31

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Harry and Meghan will begin their new life away from Britain’s royal family from March 31 and will announce details of their new non-profit organisation later in the year, a spokeswoman for the couple said.

Harry and Meghan’s office has released an update about their plans and said the duke will retain the ranks of Major, Lieutenant Commander and Squadron Leader.

A number of royal engagements were also announced with Harry due to attend an Invictus Games event with pop star Jon Bon Jovi on February 28.

Harry and Meghan will begin their new life away from the royal family on March 21

The spokeswoman said that the couple would continue to work with their existing patronages as they build a plan for engagements in the UK and its Commonwealth throughout the year.

They have also been undertaking meetings as part of their ongoing work to establish their new non-profit organisation.

The spokeswoman stressed as a grandson of Britain’s Queen and the second son of the heir to the throne, Harry remains sixth in line to the throne and that his status in the order of precedence is unchanged.

Harry and Meghan’s use of the word royal, as in their “Sussex Royal” branding, is being reviewed following their decision to step down from official duties.

Talks involving senior officials are ongoing about the issue and a change will be announced alongside the launch of their new non-profit organisation, said the spokeswoman.

Harry and Meghan plunged the royal family into a period of crisis when they announced earlier in the year they wanted to step back as senior royals and become financially independent.

A summit of senior royals was convened by Britain’s Queen at Sandringham to discuss the issue, with Harry sitting down for talks with his grandmother, father and brother.

Harry will continue work to support British servicemen and women

It was later announced they would no longer be members of the British monarchy, split their time between Canada and the UK, with the majority spent in North America, and no longer be known as HRH.

Despite the unprecedented move the couple will keep the themes of their public work – the Commonwealth, community, youth empowerment and mental health, collectively.

The couple’s spokeswoman said Harry’s priorities remain supporting the welfare of servicemen and women, conservation, sport for social development, HIV and Travalyst which works to mobilise the tourism and travel industry for social good.

For Meghan her focus remains women’s empowerment, gender equality and education.

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