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A timeline of turmoil: How Harry and Meghan stepped away from monarchy and embarked on a new life of independence


The Queen with grandson Harry

The Queen with grandson Harry


Meghan attends the Endeavour Fund Awards with Harry

Meghan attends the Endeavour Fund Awards with Harry

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The Queen with grandson Harry

January 8: The duke and duchess announce they intend to step back as "senior" members of the royal family, become financially independent, still support the Queen but split their time between the UK and North America.

January 9: It emerges Harry and Meghan ignored instructions from the Queen not to make any announcement and the duke had been told his grandmother would not discuss his proposals before he had talked them through with his father.

January 11: The Queen calls a meeting with Harry, the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge at Sandringham to discuss the crisis.

January 13: Harry faces his grandmother, father and brother at the crisis summit at Sandringham.

The Queen issues a statement sanctioning Harry and Meghan's wishes but expressing her regret at their decision. She calls the couple Harry and Meghan rather than the duke and duchess.

January 16: Harry makes his first official appearance since announcing he is quitting as a senior royal, at Buckingham Palace for the Rugby League World Cup 2021 draw.

January 18: The summit decisions are revealed - a hard Megxit: the dual role they wanted as working royals is deemed unworkable.

Buckingham Palace issues a statement saying from spring 2020, Harry and Meghan will no longer be carrying out royal duties and they will not use their HRH styles.

January 19: Harry makes an emotional speech at a Sentebale dinner, telling of his "great sadness" but saying there was "no other option".

January 21: Harry arrives back in Canada to be reunited with Meghan and Archie.

February 14: It emerges Harry and Meghan are closing their Buckingham Palace office, with up to 15 job losses.

February 19: It is reported that Harry and Meghan have been banned from using the Sussex Royal brand.

February 25: The duke tells a tourism conference host in Edinburgh "just call me Harry" as he returns to the UK for his final round of official royal engagements.

March 5: Meghan carries out her first public royal duty since the Megxit crisis by attending the Endeavour Fund Awards with Harry.

March 7: Harry, in his last official duty as Captain General of the Royal Marines, and Meghan are given a standing ovation at the Mountbatten Music Festival in the Royal Albert Hall.

March 9: Harry and Meghan gather with the Queen, Charles, Camilla, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey - their last engagement as senior royals.

March 26: It emerges Harry, Meghan and Archie have left Canada and set up a permanent home in Los Angeles, California.

March 31: Harry and Meghan officially step down as senior royals and stop using their HRH styles.

Belfast Telegraph