Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry shook up the whole world when they recently revealed that they would be taking a step back and retiring as senior royals in order to focus on other projects. They revealed that starting their own charity is on the agenda, as well as taking steps towards becoming financially independent.
The royal couple did not state exactly how they plan to make their own income, leading royal watchers everywhere to do some serious speculation. Some believe Meghan will return to her former career, while others wonder if her special side-project will make a comeback in a monetized form.
Why are Meghan Markle and Prince Harry retiring as senior royals?
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“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA
On January 8th, Meghan and Prince Harry posted a statement to their Instagram account. They announced their decision to “make a transition” by stepping back as senior royals.
Their statement revealed that they want to “work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen.” They detailed how they plan to split their time between North America and the United Kingdom. This will, according to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, will enable them to raise their young son, Archie Harrison, with an appreciation for both his heritage and the world at large.
It is clear they want to provide a better life for their son, but it is also likely that the relentless media pressure over the past year has had at least a hand in influencing their decision. Meghan has undergone intense scrutiny, with the British tabloids questioning her every move.
Prince Harry has tirelessly defended her, with his own reputation taking a hit in the process. By stepping back, the couple will be less obligated to speak to the media directly and will be able to share announcements via their Instagram page.
What is ‘The Tig’?
Before she met and married Prince Harry, Meghan was an actress, who had a leading role in the TV series Suits. Meghan was also a leading influencer on social media and loved to interact with her fans and followers.
In 2014, Meghan launched her very own lifestyle website called The Tig. The site featured Meghan’s favorite things, such as wine and beauty products, and gave her followers a glimpse into her day-to-day routine. Frequently, Meghan would share her treasured recipes and her favorite places to visit while traveling, as well as interviews with other celebrities and influencers.
In early 2017, a few months after beginning her romantic relationship with Prince Harry, Meghan shut down the website. While sources close to Meghan denied that the website shutting down had anything to do with Prince Harry and that she wanted to devote more of her time to humanitarian causes, it was clear that her new involvement with the royal family was at least partially responsible.
Will Meghan Markle bring back ‘The Tig’?
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Earlier this week, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex returned to visit the women of The Hubb Community Kitchen and “Together, Our Community Cookbook.” These women came together in the wake of the Grenfell tragedy to cook meals for their families and neighbours who had been displaced from the fire. With funds from the successful cookbook, they have now been able to share their spirit of community with so many more. The Hubb continues to work with local organisations to build hope, bring comfort and provide not simply a warm meal, but with it, a sense of togetherness. The Duke and Duchess were so happy to reconnect with the women and hear about the projects they continue to develop to help those in their community and beyond. Image © SussexRoyal
There has been a lot of speculation in recent days that Meghan could return to acting as a way to make money once she and Prince Harry officially separate from the royal family.
While Meghan hasn’t said anything regarding a future in film or television, it seems more likely at this point that she and her husband will concentrate their efforts on public speaking, writing, and other humanitarian outreach efforts. While Meghan has reportedly signed on to do voiceover work for a Disney project, it’s not a monetized endeavor: the voiceover work is in exchange for a donation to a charity called Elephants Without Borders.
Still, it is possible Meghan will make some sort of return to the online space, and once she is no longer a senior member of the royal family, the guidelines that she has to follow will become less strict. With her new reach, Meghan could make Tig even more successful and monetize it so its revenue can help charities that are important to her.
Even if she doesn’t re-open The Tig, she could establish some other sort of direct outreach to followers and fans. After all, their Instagram page has become incredibly popular, and the couple has proven that they prefer to directly share information themselves, rather than relying on some outside source to disseminate information.
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