The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are preparing to run away from the monarchy while Megxit officially begins March 31. Here is a timeline of the crisis so far in 2020:
– January 7: Harry and Meghan return to the UK and visit Canada House in London to thank the country’s high commissioner for the hospitality they have received during their six-week stay in Canada during the festive period.
– January 8: An exclusive newspaper from The Sun reveals Harry and Meghan’s plan to move to Canada for a while and review their royal roles. The duke and duchess announce that they are planning to step back when “senior” members of the royal family become financially independent, still support the queen, but divide their time between the UK and North America. The queen remains wounded after the couple has not consulted her about their statement. Buckingham Palace warns that “there are complicated problems that take time.” Meghan returns to Canada, where she has left Archie and their dogs have already been moved. The hashtag ‘Megxit’ starts trending on Twitter.
– January 9: It appears that Harry and Meghan ignored the Queen’s instructions not to make an announcement, and the Duke had been told that his grandmother would not discuss his proposals until he discussed them with his father. The queen instructs all four royal households to find workable solutions for the Sussex people within ‘days not weeks’, in cooperation with national and international governments.
– January 11: The Queen is convening a meeting with Harry, the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge in Sandringham to discuss the crisis in two days. Video footage appears from Harry emphasizing his wife’s interest in doing voiceover work to a Disney boss during an official engagement at the Lion King premiere.
– January 13: Harry is facing his grandmother, father and brother at the crisis ring in Sandringham. The queen issues a statement sanctioning the wishes of Harry and Meghan, but regrets her decision. She calls the couple Harry and Meghan instead of the Duke and Duchess and says there will be a transition period when they spend time in Canada and the UK. The queen says that in the coming days she has asked for definitive decisions about the complex cases.
– January 14: It is confirmed that Meghan, who was planning to participate in the conference call talks, did not call because it was decided that it was “not needed.”
– January 15: Judicial documents from the Duchess’s lawsuit against Associated Newspapers accuse Meghan of worrying more about the flattering effect of the story about the letter she wrote to her father Thomas Markle than a violation of her data protection rights. Meghan visits a women’s center in Vancouver and then Justice for Girls, a charity that helps girls in poverty.
– January 16: Harry makes his first official appearance since he announced he will quit as a senior royal at Buckingham Palace for the Rugby League World Cup 2021 competition. Smiling but ignoring a reporter’s question about his future, he tells children playing rugby on the lawn of the palace: ‘But beware of the grass, yes? Otherwise I get in trouble. “
– January 17th: Staff at Frogmore Cottage, the home of Harry and Meghan in Windsor Great Park, will be deployed elsewhere while in Canada.
– January 18: The decisions of the top are revealed – a hard Megxit: the dual role they wanted as working royals is considered unworkable. Buckingham Palace makes a statement that from the spring of 2020, Harry and Meghan will no longer perform royal tasks and will not use their HRH styles. Harry loses his military appointments and they will spend most of their time in North America and pay back the millions of taxpayers who have spent on their Berkshire home. The deal will be reviewed within 12 months. The queen says that Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be loved members of her family and she recognizes the challenges they have experienced as a result of intensive research.
– January 19: Harry gives an emotional speech at a Sentebale dinner, in which he talks about his “great sadness” but says there was “no other option.”
– 21st of January: Harry returns to Canada to be reunited with Meghan and Archie. The couple gives a legal warning about the publication of paparazzi recordings of Meghan walking her dogs on Vancouver Island with Archie in a sling.
– January 27: Thomas Markle says he is willing to testify against his daughter as part of her legal action against associated newspapers.
– February 4: More than three-quarters of Canadians believe their country is not allowed to pay Sussexes’ security law, according to a survey for the CTV network.
– February 6: Harry, accompanied by Meghan, gives a speech at a JP Morgan event in Miami, Florida, and talks about the years of therapy he has had about his mother’s death. Reports suggest that Harry could have received a payment of hundreds of thousands of pounds.
– February 14th : It appears that Harry and Meghan are closing their Buckingham Palace office, with up to 15 job losses. Meghan publishes a video of herself talking to Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful and putting on party hats in honor of her guest editorial of the magazine last year.
February 19: The Daily Mail reports that Harry and Meghan may prohibit the use of the Sussex Royal brand. The palace will release an update with further details, with the date that Megxit will be March 31. It confirms that the pair will be known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, not Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, as previously erroneously announced, and they will later launch a non-profit organization. Harry’s military appointments are put on hold. But Harry and Meghan add their own statement to their website, accusing commentators of taking a swipe at the queen and other royals. The couple claims that the monarchy has no “jurisdiction” over the word “Royal overseas,” that they are treated differently from other working royals, and that they “continue to require effective protection to protect them and their son.”
– February 25: The duke tells a host of a Edinburgh tourist convention “call me Harry” when he returns to the UK for his final round of official royal engagements.
– 27 February: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police confirms that it will stop providing security for the Sussex people as soon as they cease to be seniors.
– February 28: Harry recreates the album cover of The Beatles’ Abbey Road with Jon Bon Jovi as he joins the rock star to record a single for charity.
– 3 March: The Sun reports that Queen Harry has told that he and Meghan would be welcomed again as senior royals if they changed their mind during a four-hour conversation at Windsor Castle.
– March 5th: Meghan performs its first public royal task since the Megxit crisis by attending the Endeavor Fund Awards with Harry. The duke tells how he “was proud to serve queen and country.”
– 6 March: Harry joins six-time Formula 1 Lewis Hamilton world champion at the official opening of the Silverstone Experience.
– 6 March: Images of Meghan’s secret private trip to the National Theater are released on the couple’s Instagram account – the same day the Duchess of Cornwall gives an important speech about domestic violence.
– March 7th: Harry, in his last official role as Captain General of the Royal Marines, and Meghan get a standing ovation at the Mountbatten Music Festival in the Royal Albert Hall.
– 8 March: The Duchess marks International Women’s Day, after having previously attended a school in Dagenham, East London, where she told school boys to protect the women in their lives and urged students to “stand for what is good.”
– 8 March: The Sussexes join the queen in the church in Windsor.
– 9th of March: Harry and Meghan meet with the Queen, Charles, Camilla and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey – their latest official engagement as senior royals.