It’s been one year since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their royal exit. In a statement on both their Instagram and website, Harry and Meghan laid out their intentions to step down as senior members of the British royal family and to “work to become financially independent.” On March 31, 2020, their departure became official, and they agreed to a 12-month period of review ending on March 31, 2021. As we near closer and closer to that date, many are wondering whether the duke and duchess will return to their former roles. Our advice? Don’t hold your breath.
While speaking with Entertainment Tonight, royal expert Katie Nicholl explained that a return to the palace is highly unlikely because “the general consensus is that this ‘divorce’ has worked.” She added, “Meghan and Harry left the royal family to become independent, to become financially independent. They’ve absolutely achieved that this year. They can now look back a year on and probably celebrate their decision.”
Oh, and they’ve more than achieved that! Since stepping down and moving to Santa Barbara, CA, Harry and Meghan have been thriving. Not only did they recently launch their new Archewell Foundation, but they also signed a huge multiyear deal with Netflix, where they will produce a variety of projects including documentaries, docuseries, feature films, scripted shows, and children’s programming. On top of that, they have partnered with Spotify for a multiyear partnership with Archewell Audio, which is their newly formed audio production company, and Meghan just became a private investor for woman-led wellness company Clevr Blends. So, yeah, Harry and Meghan are doing more than just OK.