The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have given themselves a new life after stepping down as senior royals.
Megxit – when Harry and Meghan stepped down from their royal duties and stopped using their HRH styles – made headlines around the world in 2020.
The couple have since bought a multi-million pound home in California’s Montecito celebrity enclave and started a non-profit foundation called Archewell.
They also signed lucrative deals believed to be worth over £100m with Spotify and Netflix, giving them the cash to pursue their new lifestyle and public goals.
Harry and Meghan – parents of Archie and Lili – have been in a number of interviews since leaving royal life, including a controversial meeting with Oprah Winfrey in 2021.
They accused the Royal Family of racism, saying an unnamed royal made a racist remark about Archie before he was born and that the institution failed to help a suicidal Meghan.
The Duchess of Cambridge has been publicly singled out by Meghan for allegedly making her cry ahead of the wedding.
Just last week, Meghan’s interview with The Cut made headlines as the former actress said it takes “a lot of effort” to forgive and hinted she could “say bullshit”.
In the interview, which ran to more than 6,000 words, Meghan said that “just by existing” she and Harry were “disrupting the dynamics of the hierarchy” before stepping down as senior royals.
While in The Hague for the Invictus Games earlier this year, Harry did an interview with NBC’s Today program in which he appeared to issue a veiled warning to those closest to the Queen, saying that he wanted to make sure his grandmother was “protected” and had “the right people around her”.
He didn’t say whether he was referring to royal aides or family members, but his comments likely deepened the rift with his father, the Prince of Wales, and brother, the Duke of Cambridge, as well how perplexed. palace officials.
Meghan was also interviewed by US talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, while Harry was interviewed by James Corden, host of US chat program The Late Late Show.
Last year, Harry was hired as impact director for BetterUp, which sells corporate employee coaching and mental health help.
The couple have become ‘impact partners’ and investors in sustainable investment firm Ethic, with Meghan describing the investment as a ‘luxury’ that ‘seems so classy’.
They were introduced to technology-focused asset manager Ethic by friends, with the Duchess saying Harry had been saying for years how he wanted to invest sustainably.
Harry also joined the new Aspen Institute Commission on Information Disorders, joining 14 other commissioners and three co-chairs to lead a six-month study into the state of America’s media.
The institute said her position will be part-time and involve regular meetings.
Meanwhile, Archewell Productions, created by the couple “to produce programming that informs, uplifts and inspires”, is working on a documentary series called Heart Of Invictus, which will be released on Netflix.
The show follows people competing at the Invictus Games, with a film crew seen near Harry and Meghan during their time at the event in The Hague earlier this year.
Archewell Audio, meanwhile, aims to “produce programming that uplifts and entertains audiences around the world.”
Spotify has so far released two episodes of Meghan’s Archetypes podcast, featuring conversations with veteran tennis player Serena Williams and singer Mariah Carey.
Meanwhile, the Royal Family have been preparing for Harry’s next tell-all book, which he has sworn will be an “accurate and entirely truthful” account of his life.
The memoir is slated for release in late 2022 by Penguin Random House but a release date has yet to be confirmed.
There will be concern in royal quarters as the Duke delves into his breakup with William, his troubled relationship with Charles, his view of stepmother the Duchess of Cornwall and the turbulent fallout of Megxit.
Meghan has previously been published in a children’s book called The Bench, which she said she wrote as a poem for Harry on Father’s Day.
Harry and Meghan have returned to the UK since Megxit and have made a few public appearances.
Harry traveled to Windsor for the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral in April 2021, and in April this year he and Meghan visited the Queen and met Charles in Windsor before traveling to the Netherlands to the Invictus Games.
Their appearance at the games was the first time the couple had been seen together publicly on this side of the Atlantic in two years.
They traveled to the UK in June for Platinum Jubilee celebrations but stayed away for most of the weekend as the Queen ruled only working royals should adorn the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the historic festivities.
Last month, Harry claimed victory at an annual charity polo tournament in Aspen, Colorado, with commentators praising his “superstar” play in the Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo Cup.
He also traveled to Rwanda as part of his job as President of African Parks and visited Mozambique to focus on wildlife conservation.
The couple’s first major public trip after Megxit was to New York last September, when they took part in a global event urging leaders to adopt a vaccine equity policy to help end the pandemic. Covid-19 pandemic.