While the pair departed the Firm in order to help protect their privacy, one observer has claimed the Sussexes have "jumped out of the frying pan
While the pair departed the Firm in order to help protect their privacy, one observer has claimed the Sussexes have “jumped out of the frying pan and into the fire” since leaving the Royal Family. Daniela Elser said the Sussexes find themselves firmly “in the crosshairs of photographers”. Writing for News Australia, Ms Elser said: “There is a certain cruel irony here when you contrast this state of play with the reality that Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, now face, having traded royal working life for ‘peace’ in the US, far, far away from the long arm of the courtiers and the British press they dislike so intensely.
“Since landing on American soil about 18 months ago, the Sussexes have found themselves firmly in the crosshairs of photographers after having left the UK in part to get away from the British media.
“But their new sunshine-dappled Californian existence has not exactly turned out to be any sort of nirvana-like break from the ravenous Fourth Estate.
“In fact, it is looking more and more that by quitting the palace, they jumped out of the frying pan and into the fire.”
In January 2020, Harry and Meghan announced the decision to step back as senior working royals.
The pair cited a desire to focus on the next chapter of their life but with more space.
A statement read: “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.
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“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.”
Since relocating, the pair have continued their charitable endeavours from Montecito, California, where they live with their children.
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The pair welcomed their second child and first daughter, Lilibet, in June.
Harry returned for Prince Philip’s funeral in April and again in July to unveil a statue of his mother in Kensington Palace’s Sunken Gardens.
It is unclear if Harry and Meghan will return to the UK again this year.
To mark the tragic deaths of those who died in the 9/11 attack, Harry and Meghan updated their Archewell homepage.
To honour those who lost their lives, the website’s display was turned black.