Meghan and Harry have officially left the monarchy and stepped down as royals as of March 31. The couple shared a few words on their last Instagram post. They wrote: As we can all feel, the world at this moment seems extraordinarily fragile. Yet we are confident that every human being has the potential and opportunity to make a difference—as seen now across the globe, in our families, our communities and those on the front line—together we can lift each other up to realise the fullness of that promise. What’s most important right now is the health and wellbeing of everyone across the globe and finding solutions for the many issues that have presented themselves as a result of this pandemic. As we all find the part we are to play in this global shift and changing of habits, we are focusing this new chapter to understand how we can best contribute. While you may not see us here, the work continues. Thank you to this community - for the support, the inspiration and the shared commitment to the good in the world. We look forward to reconnecting with you soon. You’ve been great! Until then, please take good care of yourselves, and of one another.
Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams found their farewell "lacklustre", but he said it left their options open. According to Express.co.uk, he shared, "Their farewell on Instagram had a lacklustre feel but it could be the prelude to anything. Their fans online are totally supportive. The facts simply are that they are two of the biggest names on the planet. They have opted out of its most high profile royal family. The indications are that they will set up a sort of charity, certainly Harry's record with Sentebale, Invictus and Heads Together is truly amazing. Meghan is now at home, in Hollywood. Their statement when stepping back as senior royals caused a crisis and many of the problems they have had seem to have been linked to their defining of what is and is not private. They now have their independence. I wonder if Harry has much regret now or will regret it in future given his upbringing. He wanted Diana to be proud of him so let us see what they achieve as a couple with enormous global reach in the coming months."
He also felt that "the date of Megxit will be remembered as one of sorrow. Harry and Meghan finally bow out as senior working royals though it is worth remembering that this arrangement, whereby they remain part of the royal family, keep their titles and don't use them and keep Harry's military posts vacant, will be reviewed with the Queen in a year. They cannot use 'royal' as a brand as they wished. It is indeed a shame that this has happened. What makes it so extraordinary is that it is less than two years since their marriage and they were planning a form of exit for months."
Fitzwilliams admitted that he was a bit confused by the pair’s decision to leave royal life behind as he questioned, "What was it that made them and royal life so totally incompatible when they were among the most admired members of the royal family with their amazing networking skills and charitable commitment?" He also noted that members of the royal family "did what they could to accommodate her" but sadly it was not enough for Meghan. "Despite her articulacy and wide appeal as well as championing causes such as female empowerment so successfully, she found the pressures too much even though I think the royals, especially the Queen, did what they could to accommodate her."
He also wondered whose advice the couple was taking as he added: "I kept wondering, as the rumors about rifts and rows following the wedding turned into really badly handled events, whose advice they were taking. The handling of the press when Archie was born and the christening, the guest editing of Vogue and the subsequent bad press overtaking private jets when they were supposed to have only two children to help save the planet, the attack on the tabloids at the end of their triumphal visit to Southern Africa, all of these seemed bad decisions."
As of now, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have shifted from Vancouver Island in Canada to Los Angeles in the US. According to a source they were "looking at houses in L.A." "Harry is looking straight ahead at his future with his family,” another source said. "They will be spending time in California…He’s not looking back." For now, they are living in a secluded compound and are in self-isolation amid the coronavirus pandemic. Trump made a Twitter announcement claiming that the country won't pay for the ex royals protection. To which the couple cooly replied that they had no intentions of doing so, clearly with more class than the President of the United States of America. A spokesperson for the couple clarified the matter and said, "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have no plans to ask the U.S. government for security resources. Privately funded security arrangements have been made."