Major Moves By Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have had a few busy weeks going to places in the US.
Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, spent their first Valentine's Day together since they have been married. Last year, they were in separate countries on Valentine's Day. Prince Harry was away from Meghan on a royal assignment in Bardufoss, Norway at Exercise Clockwork to celebrate the company's 50th anniversary. Meghan stayed home because she was six months pregnant at the time carrying their first child. This year, Prince Harry and Meghan were together with Archie, their 9-month-old son.
The Last Few Weeks
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex returned to Canada on Valentine's Day after a few busy weeks in the United States. Both of them attended a private investment summit organized by American bank JPMorgan in Miami, Florida on Thursday, February 6. Harry made a speech during the event, but it was not the keynote address. It was their first public appearance together since they left the UK.
They also visited Stanford University in Northern California on Tuesday, February 11. They met with professors and officials and brainstormed some ideas about setting up a new charity.
Harry has been in contact with Goldman Sachs. They had agreed back in November for the Duke of Sussex to have an assignment. That means he won't get paid for any speech since he was still responsible for royal duties when the agreement was made.
Both Harry and Meghan have friends on this side of the pond. For instance, while they were in the United States in the last few weeks they went on a double-date with Jennifer Lopez and fiancé Alex Rodriguez in Miami, at the 1Hotel South Beach's restaurant Habitat.
There has been much speculation about how the couple will make their money after stepping down from being senior royals. It is the belief that they won't have a problem because both of them could accept public speaking engagements. Besides, Harry and Oprah Winfrey are producing a new mental health series for Apple TV+. That endeavor was in the works long before they stepped down and moved from the UK. Meghan is interested in doing voiceover for Disney among other interests.
Returning to the UK Next Month
Queen Elizabeth has requested that Prince Harry and his family return to the United Kingdom for the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on Monday, March 9, 2020 at 3 PM. The event is usually attended by heads of government and representatives of the 54 countries and 2.4 billion citizens of the Commonwealth. The couple wanted to get out of the spotlight, but they certainly will be in the spotlight if they attend as the Queen has requested.
Another upcoming royal event is the royal wedding of Prince Harry's 31-year-old cousin Princess Beatrice of York. She will marry 36-year-old property developer Edoardo "Edo" Mapelli Mozzi on May 29, 2020. The Duke and Duchess are expected to return to the UK for the royal wedding that will be held inside the Chapel Royal in St. James's Palace. Queen Elizabeth will host a private reception for her granddaughter and her new husband in the gardens at Buckingham Palace.
The date of the wedding has just been announced. Therefore, the Sussexes have not indicated if they will attend. That would be a social event for them and not a royal assignment if they do attend. Then, there is the question if they will return to Canada after their March visit and then go back to the UK in such a short time later.
Planning to Relocate
The couple and their son are still living in Canada at a waterfront mansion that belongs to a friend of David Foster. It is not official yet, but it was reported last month that Prince Harry and Meghan are making plans to relocate to Meghan's hometown in Los Angeles for the summer. Her mother Doria Ragland lives in Los Angeles. No doubt Doria will be happy to be closer to her daughter, son-in-law, and grandson.
In the meantime, the couple has closed their office in Buckingham Palace. Their 15-member staff at Frogmore Cottage will be reassigned to other areas, if they desire to stay employed.