Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are reportedly “excited” about starting their life together in their new home of Los Angeles, California. The couple formally left behind their status as senior members of the British royal family at the end of March and their Canadian residence, where they had lived since November 2019. They purportedly moved to Meghan’s home state several weeks ago.
“They are positive about the future. It is exciting for them to mark the end of the transition and the official start of their new chapter,” a source close to the couple told People Magazine.
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This afternoon, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day, alongside Her Majesty The Queen and Members of The Royal Family. The Commonwealth is a global network of 54 countries, working in collaboration towards shared economic, environmental, social and democratic goals, and the Service today seeks to highlight the vast community which spans every geographical region, religion and culture, embracing diversity amongst its population of 2.4 billion people, of which 60 percent are under 30 years old. As President and Vice-President of the @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been passionate advocates of the Commonwealth having spent many years working closely with the next generation of Commonwealth leaders. The theme of the Commonwealth for 2020 is ‘Delivering A Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming', placing emphasis on youth, the environment, trade, governance, and ICT (Information and Communications Technology) and innovation. From working to protect the earth's natural resources and preserving the planet for generations to come, to championing fair trade and empowering the youth of today to transform the communities of tomorrow, the Service celebrates the Commonwealth's continued commitment to delivering a peaceful, prosperous and more sustainable future for all. Photo © PA
Prince Harry and Meghan have eschewed the formality of royal life in an attempt to carve out a new path for themselves and their son Archie in California. In Los Angeles, they will be surrounded by a community of people, including Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland and an extended group of close friends. Meghan’s managers, agents, and representatives will also be close should the former actress choose to return to her professional career.
Meghan and Harry also posted their last official message to their Instagram account, Sussex Royal, on March 31, sharing a message of thanks to their 11.3 million followers for a shared commitment to spreading good in the world.
The couple stated they looked forward to “reconnecting” with their followers soon. Comments were turned off so fans could not leave their own opinions on the post.
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Sharing an outtake from filming last week for @Queens_CommonWealth_Trust (QCT) as The Duke and Duchess of Sussex met with young leaders in their roles as President and Vice President. Visit our stories to see the QCT highlights from the discussion with these inspiring individuals and find out more about the amazing work they do at @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust • Photo The Duke and Duchess of Sussex / Chris Allerton / Crossfire for QCT
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will spend the next few months focusing on their family and continuing to do what they can, safely and privately, to support and work with their pre-existing charitable commitments while developing their future non-profit organization,” a spokesperson said in a statement released via Buckingham Palace regarding the couple’s immediate plans, as reported by People.
Harry and Meghan made the stunning announcement on January 8 of their intent to step back from their roles as senior royals. They also expressed an interest in becoming financially independent of the monarchy. This means the couple will no longer receive funding from British taxpayers. Harry and Meghan are now allowed to earn their own money and can organize their own charitable foundations separate from their work within the monarchy.
One of Meghan’s newest projects was voice-over work for the new Disney conservation film Elephant, which will be released to Disney Plus on April 3. This job could be the first of many in the entertainment industry for the couple, who will likely parlay their celebrity into new business opportunities moving forward.