1. Harry and Meghan preparing for last UK royal duties, as it’s announced Canada will no longer pay their security.
The Duchess of Sussex hasn’t set foot in the United Kingdom for two months, leaving the country once she and Prince Harry announced their family would be stepping back as ‘senior’ royals, moving to Canada and becoming financially independent.
Now, the date has been set for what’s expected to be Harry and Meghan’s final official engagements together as senior members of the Royal Family.
On March 5, the couple will celebrate the achievements of wounded service personnel in London.
Harry is already back in the country – his first visit since relocating, and he told people once touching down in his former home to just call him ‘Harry’ – dropping the pretence of his royal title.
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“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA
But the timing of Harry and Meghan’s return is set to clash with the Cambridge’s historic tour of Ireland and the scheduling overlap is being labelled a “sign of bad communication” between the two royal households.
“For the last two years they have been clashing. People are not talking to each other. We used to have communication between all the households, so there weren’t clashes,” former palace insider Dickie Arbiter told The Times.
A senior royal source also told The Sun this kind of diary error wouldn’t have happened in happier times for the royal family.
After the Endeavour Fund Awards recognising sick and injured members of the armed services, the Sussexes will attend the Mountbatten Festival of Music, at the Royal Albert Hall in London on March 7.