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Harry and Meghan: Their Last Day

By danyellmarshall

After a tumultuous period that shocked the world Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are finally coming to the end of their time as British royals. The couple now embarks on a new journey as independent citizens. They'll now be free to pursue careers as they each desire as they seek to gain financial independence. Today marks the last day of royal life for a couple that has faced more than their fair share of scrutiny and unfair press. Tomorrow is a new day.

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Stepping Down

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry holding baby Archie

It's been just three months since Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle shocked the world by announcing their decision to step down as senior working members of the royal family. After the infamous Instagram announcement, the couple's lives moved quickly in a new direction. At first, fans could only speculate why the young family would leave behind the royal life but Meghan and Harry eventually spoke out. Meghan, in particular, has faced a lot of criticism for the joint decision.

Hints At Unhappiness

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at an art gallery

In a documentary that chronicled the couple's travels through Africa, both Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle spoke out about their unhappiness with royal life. Prince Harry described the trauma he feels when paparazzi follow his young family and snap photos. Meghan described royal life as merely surviving and described her desire to thrive. It's clear that the couple were unhappy with constant media scrutiny that royal life entailed. Harry even released a statement asking for Meghan to receive fiar press.

Final Royal Duties

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle smiling at each other under an umbrella in the rain
Gettyimages | Samir Hussein

Meghan and Harry appeared at a few key engagements as their final royal duties before officially beginning their lives as independent entities. Meghan spent International Women's Day in Dagenham with school students discussing equality. Prince Harry made an appearance at the official opening of the Silverstone Experience at Silverstone motor racing circuit. The couple also attended the Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House in London. That evening the iconic image of the couple looking into each other's eyes under an umbrella was captured.

Shutting Down Instagram

Meghan Markle in a green dress with husband Prince Harry

Over the course of their time as husband and wife Harry and Meghan built a popular brand on social media. Their Sussex Royal Instagram account has been officially shut down. The account had an incredible 11.3 million followers and could have earned the couple a small fortune with a few sponsored posts. Instead of capitalizing on the brand, they chose to respect the queen's wish for them to no longer use the term "royal" in any of their social media brandings.

Moving To America

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle smiling at each other

When news of their split from the royal family first broke Meghan and Harry announced their plan to split their time between the UK and North America. They began their transition by living in Canada for a few months. At the early onset of the coronavirus outbreak, Meghan and Harry moved to L.A. The move means Harry may have to forfeit his royal title in order to finish the naturalization process and maintain dual citizenship in both the US and the UK.

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