The Duke and Duchess of Sussex prepare to move away from the monarchy as Megxit officially begins on March 31. Here is a calendar of the crisis to date in 2020:
– January 7: Harry and Meghan return to the United Kingdom and visit Canada House in London to thank the High Commissioner for the hospitality they received during their six week stay in Canada during the holiday season.
– January 8: An exclusive to The Sun newspaper reveals that Harry and Meghan plan to move to Canada for a period of time and review their royal roles. The Duke and Duchess announce their intention to step back as “ senior ” members of the royal family, to become financially independent, to support the Queen but to share their time between the United Kingdom and North America North. The queen is injured after the couple did not consult her about their statement. Buckingham Palace warns that there are “complex problems that will take time to resolve”. Meghan returns to Canada where she left Archie and their dogs had already been moved. The hashtag “Megxit” is starting to be used on Twitter.
– January 9: It turns out that Harry and Meghan ignored the Queen’s instructions not to make any announcements and the Duke had been informed that his grandmother would not discuss his proposals before having discussed them with his father. The Queen orders the four royal households to find “viable solutions” for the Sussexes in “days, not weeks,” by working with governments at home and abroad.
– January 11: Queen calls meeting with Harry, Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge at Sandringham to discuss crisis in two days. Video footage emerges from Harry highlighting his wife’s interest in doing voice-over work for a Disney boss during an official engagement at the Lion King premiere.
– January 13: Harry faces his grandmother, father and brother at the height of the crisis in Sandringham. The Queen issues a statement sanctioning the wishes of Harry and Meghan but expressing regret for their decision. She calls the couple Harry and Meghan rather than the Duke and Duchess and says there will be a transition period as they spend time in Canada and the United Kingdom. The Queen says that she has asked for final decisions on complex issues to be made in the coming days.
– January 14: It is confirmed that Meghan, who planned to participate in the talks by conference call, did not call as it was decided that it was not necessary.
– January 15: Court Documents in Duchess’ Trial of Associated Newspapers Accuse Meghan of More Concerned About the Unflattering Effect of the History of the Letter She Wrote to Her Father Thomas Markle Than a Violation of Her Rights to data protection. Meghan visits a women’s center in Vancouver, then Justice for Girls, a charity that helps girls in poverty.
– January 16: Harry makes his first official appearance since announcing that he will leave as a royal senior at Buckingham Palace for the 2021 Rugby World Cup draw. Smiling but ignoring a reporter’s question about his future, he said to the children who play rugby on the palace lawn: “ Watch out for the grass, yes? Otherwise, I will be in trouble.
– January 17: Staff at Frogmore Cottage, Harry and Meghan’s home in Windsor Great Park, are to be deployed elsewhere during their stay in Canada.
– January 18: Summit decisions are revealed – a difficult megit: the dual role they wanted as members of the royal family is deemed impracticable. Buckingham Palace is releasing a statement that starting in the spring of 2020, Harry and Meghan will no longer perform royal duties and will not use their RHS styles. Harry will lose his military appointments and they will spend the majority of their time in North America and reimburse the millions of taxpayers spent on their Berkshire home. The agreement will be reviewed in 12 months. The Queen says that Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be dearly loved members of his family and recognizes the challenges they have faced as a result of scrutiny.
– January 19: Harry makes an emotional speech at a dinner in Sentebale, telling of his “great sadness” but saying that there was “no other option”.
– January the 21st: Harry returns to Canada to find Meghan and Archie. The couple issue a legal warning about the publication of Meghan’s paparazzi plans to walk his dogs on Vancouver Island with Archie in a sling.
– January 27: Thomas Markle says he is ready to testify against his daughter as part of his lawsuit against Associated Newspapers.
– February 4: More than three-quarters of Canadians think their country shouldn’t pay the Sussex security bill, polls CTV reveals.
– February 6: Harry, accompanied by Meghan, speaks at a JP Morgan event in Miami, Florida, and talks about the years of therapy he went through after his mother died. Reports suggest that Harry could have received costs worth hundreds of thousands of pounds.
– February 14th : It turns out that Harry and Meghan are closing their office at Buckingham Palace, with up to 15 job losses. Meghan releases a video of her chatting with Vogue editor Edward Enninful and putting on party hats to celebrate her guest edit from the magazine last year.
February 19: The Daily Mail reports that Harry and Meghan have been banned from using the Sussex Royal brand. The Palace is releasing an update with more details, stating that the Megxit date will be March 31. He confirms that the couple will be known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, not Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, as before. advertised in error, and they will later launch a non-profit organization. Harry’s military appointments will be suspended. But Harry and Meghan add their own statement to their website, leading commentators to accuse them of hitting the Queen and other members of the royal family. The couple say the monarchy has no “ jurisdiction ” over the word Royal abroad, that they are treated differently from other members of the royal family, and that they “ will continue to need ‘effective security to protect them and their son’.
– February 25: Duke says host of Edinburgh tourism conference “ just call me Harry ” as he returns to the UK for his latest round of official royal engagements.
– February 27: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police confirms that it will stop providing security for Sussex once they stop being members of the royal family.
– February 28: Harry recreates the cover of the Beatles Abbey Road album with Jon Bon Jovi as he joins the rock star for the recording of a charitable single.
– 3rd of March: The Sun reports that the Queen told Harry that he and Meghan would be back as members of the royal family if they changed their minds, during a four-hour conversation at Windsor Castle.
– March 5: Meghan fulfills her first public royal duty since the Megxit crisis by attending the Endeavor Fund Awards with Harry. The Duke recounts how he was “proud to serve the Queen and the country”.
– March 6: Harry joins six-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton at the official opening of the Silverstone Experience.
– March 6: Images of Meghan’s private secret trip to the National Theater are published on the couple’s Instagram account – the same day, the Duchess of Cornwall delivers a key speech on domestic violence.
– March 7: Harry, in his last official duty as captain general of the Royal Marines, and Meghan receive a standing ovation at the Mountbatten music festival at the Royal Albert Hall.
– 8 March: Duchess marks International Women’s Day after visiting a school in Dagenham, east London, where she told schoolchildren to protect the women in their lives and urged students to “ stand up for what is just ”.
– 8 March: The Sussexes join the Queen at the Windsor Church.
– March 9: Harry and Meghan reunite with the Queen, Charles, Camilla and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey – their last formal engagement as members of the royal family.