Harry and Meghan will have to become financially independent as there's no 'going back' after Megxit: Expert
After stepping down as senior members of the royal family, Harry and Meghan Markle have no intention of returning to their old ways of life, one expert said.
The former royal couple, who are currently residing in a Los Angeles mansion with their son, Archie, has expressed their desire to become financially independent and no longer depend on taxpayer's money after quitting the monarchy.
Royal commentator Marlene Koenig said that there was no turning back now for the pair as it was unlikely that the duo would reconsider their decision to Megxit in the near future. "Absolutely not, not going to happen. They have made their decision and the Queen has accepted it," she told Express.
Koenig also elaborated on which members of the royal family are more likely to step up to fill the shoes of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex by shouldering a greater amount of responsibilities. "I do see, for example, the Cambridges certainly stepping up, taking on more. Obviously not right now, once we’ve passed COVID-19 and people are able to go out again and live far more normal lives. I also certainly think Sophie (Countess of Wessex, married to Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex) will be taking more as well. I don’t think they’re needed," she said.
But that does not mean that Harry and Meghan will shrug off professional relationships they had built with charities of the UK while working for the Queen. They will continue to receive updates about the organizations they passionately championed during their time as royals, but at the same time will be looking to expand their area of work through their new non-profit organization, Archewell, that they announced back in April.
"They will keep in touch with their charities and the system will be reviewed after a year. By that time I think they’ll be on a financial foothold for themselves, and they will have made more decisions on where they are going to live and what their new non-profit will be. But I think they’ve made their decision and I don’t think there’s any going back," the expert said.
Previously, the pair revealed that they "look forward" to getting started with the new foundation that will replace their Sussex Royal brand. The couple also shared that they have plans to incorporate their own charity as well as a website in their new venture. Harry and Meghan also disclosed the meaning behind choosing 'Archewell' and said the Greek word 'Arche', which means a source of action, was the inspiration behind the name of their son, Archie. Details about the non-profit have been delayed given the coronavirus pandemic.
"Like you, our focus is on supporting efforts to tackle the global Covid-19 pandemic but faced with this information coming to light, we felt compelled to share the story of how this came to be. Before SussexRoyal came the idea of ‘Arche’ – the Greek word meaning ‘source of action’. We connected to this concept for the charitable organization we hoped to build one day, and it became the inspiration for our son’s name To do something of meaning, to do something that matters. Archewell is a name that combines an ancient word for strength and action, and another that evokes the deep resources we each must draw upon. We look forward to launching Archewell when the time is right," they said in a statement at the time.