The duke and duchess shared a link on their Instagram story to this much longer statement on their website on Friday around 11 p.m.
It has been agreed that the beginning of the revised role of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will take effect in the spring of 2020 and will undergo a 12-month review.
The royal family respects and understands the desire of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to lead a more independent family life by removing the alleged justification of “public interest” for media intrusion into their lives. They remain a valued part of Her Majesty’s family.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex become privately funded members of the royal family with permission to earn their own income and the ability to pursue their own private interests.
The preference of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex was to continue to represent and support Her Majesty The Queen, though in a more limited capacity, without using the Sovereign Grant.
Although there is a precedent for other members of the royal family to look for work outside the institution, an evaluation period of 12 months has been set for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Under the agreement, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex understand that they are obliged to give up royal duties and not to perform representative duties on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen.
As agreed and recorded in January, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex retain their “HRH” prefix, keeping them formally known as His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex and Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will no longer actively use their HRH titles, since they will no longer work in the family from the spring of 2020.
As the grandson of Her Majesty and second son of The Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex remains sixth in line with the throne of The British Monarchy and the Order of Precedence is unchanged.
It was agreed that the duke and duchess would no longer be able to perform “official duties” for The Queen or represent the Commonwealth, but they would be allowed to keep their patronages (including those classified as “royal”). patrons).
It has been agreed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will continue to require effective security to protect them and their son. This is based on the Duke’s public profile based on his birth in the royal family, his military service, the Duchess’s own independent profile, and the shared threat and risk level that has been specifically documented in recent years. No further details can be shared, as this is confidential information for security reasons.
Regarding the army, the Duke of Sussex will retain the rank of major and honorary rank of lieutenant commander and squadron leader. During this 12-month period, the Duke’s official military appointments will not be used because they are in the possession of the Sovereign. No new agreements are made to fulfill these roles before the 12-month evaluation of the new arrangements is completed.
Although according to the agreement, the duke will not perform official duties related to these roles, given his dedication to the military community and ten years of service he will of course continue his unwavering support to the military community in an unofficial capacity. As the founder of the Invictus Games, The Duke will proudly continue to support the military community around the world through the Invictus Games Foundation and The Endeavor Fund.
Based on the desire of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to have a limited role as members of the royal family, it was decided in January that their institutional office should be closed, given the primary funding mechanism for this official office in Buckingham HRH Palace The Prince of Wales. The Duke and Duchess shared this news with their team in January as soon as they knew the decision and worked closely with their staff to ensure a smooth transition for each of them.
For the past month and a half, the duke and duchess have remained actively involved in this process, which has been understandable for the duke and duchess and their loyal staff, given the proximity of their royal highness and their dedicated team.
As the duke and duchess are no longer considered to be full-time members of the royal family, it was agreed that the use of the word “Royal” should be reviewed as it relates to organizations associated with them in this new context. More details about this below.
As shared on this website at the beginning of January, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex do not intend to start a “foundation”, but intend to develop a new way of bringing about change and the efforts of so many excellent foundations worldwide to fill.
The creation of this non-profit entity will, in addition to their cause-driven work, for which they are still deeply committed. Although the duke and duchess are focused on plans to set up a new non-profit organization, given the specific UK government rules on the use of the word “Royal”, it has therefore been agreed that their non-profit organization will not be named use ‘Sussex Royal’ or another version of ‘Royal’.
For the above reason, the trademark applications filed as protective measures and reflecting the same standard trademark applications as made for The Royal Foundation or The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been deleted.
Although there is no jurisdiction by The Monarchy or Cabinet Office over the use of the word “Royal” abroad, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex do not intend to put “Sussex Royal” or any repetition of the word “Royal” on any territory (either in the UK or otherwise) when the transition takes place in the spring of 2020.
While the Duke and Duchess of Sussex continue to develop their non-profit organization and make plans for their future, we hope that you will use this site as a source for factual information. In the spring of 2020 their digital channels will be renewed while they present you the next exciting phase.