On January 8 2020, after “many months of reflection and internal discussions”, the couple decided their plans on Instagram to quit the royal family.
They reportedly sent the statement to Princes Charles and William just minutes before they shared it with their millions of followers.
The decision reportedly left Harry’s father and brother “incandescent with rage”, while his grandmother the Queen was “deeply upset”.
In their statement, Meghan and Harry explained they want to “carve out a progressive new role” within the Royal Family and become “financially independent”.
After making the announcement Meghan fled to Canada while Harry stayed in the UK to deal with the fallout.
The Queen called an crisis summit between senior members of the family, which saw Charles, William and Harry travel to Sandringham.
Chairing the meeting, the Queen and her family set out their vision of how a new version of monarchy would emerge.
When the deal was done, Harry flew back to Canada to be reunited with Meghan and baby Archie.
More details of the couple’s new lives were announced in the following weeks, including that they would close their Buckingham Palace office and axe their staff, and that the Queen banned them from using the word ‘Royal’ in their branding and
However Harry and Meghan were said to be disappointed by the strict restrictions placed upon them by the Queen.
On security, they suggested they would demand round-the-clock protection paid for by the public, owing to, “The Duke’s public profile by virtue of being born into The Royal Family, his military service, the Duchess’ own independent profile, and the shared threat”.
The couple returned to the UK to carry out a farewell tour, visiting a number of their charities and patronages.
Their final royal engagement was Commonwealth Day, when they joined the rest of the Royal Family at Westminster Abbey.
Last week it was reported that Meghan and Harry have left Canada and moved to California, where they now plan to live full-time.
According to the Sun, they made the decision after realising “Canada would not work out for various reasons”.
However, people close to the family are “stunned and horrified” they didn’t opt to come back to the UK amid the pandemic.
Meghan’s first post-royal job – a voice over gig on Disney’s new film Elephant – was also officially announced.
Yesterday, Meghan and Harry said their public goodbyes and shared their final Instagram post.
They used their final message, which they signed “Meghan and Harry” rather than using their official titles, to speak about the difficult times we’re currently in as the world battles coronavirus Covid-19.