The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, otherwise known as Harry and Meghan, have farewelled their followers on Instagram as they officially step back from the British royal family. As of Tuesday, March 31, Harry and Meghan no longer represent the Queen.
The couple encouraged their large following to focus on what’s most important right now, being the health and wellbeing of everyone across the globe. They didn’t share very much of their future plans, but said they will be trying to understand how they can best contribute to supporting people amid the coronavirus pandemic.
They also thanked the community for their support, inspiration, and shared commitment to the good in the world.
“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,” they said, and promised to reconnect soon.
“Until then, please take good care of yourselves, and of one another.”
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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. Harry and Meghan
As announced in January, Harry and Meghan will retain their His / Her Royal Highness titles, but will no longer actively use them. The couple will also stop using “Sussex Royal” or any iteration of the world “Royal” in any of their future projects, either within the UK or otherwise. So I’m just going to go ahead and assume this Instagram account is about to be binned. Or, it’ll be rebranded. Or, the couple will return to the social media platform with individual accounts. Who knows!Image: Getty Images / Samir Hussein