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Everything Meghan and Harry have done since leaving the Royal Family

We break down the Sussexes career moves since stepping down as working royals in 2020.

Meghan and Harry spoke on the phone to the inaugural cohort of recipients of their Responsible Technology Youth Power Fund. (Duke and Duchess of Sussex)
Meghan and Harry spoke on the phone to the inaugural cohort of recipients of their Responsible Technology Youth Power Fund. (Duke and Duchess of Sussex)

It's been over three and half years since Meghan and Harry first announced that they were stepping back as working members of the Royal Family and were going to build their own careers to find their way to "financial independence".

In the interim, they've both brokered multi-million pound deals and parted ways with one of their production partners, Spotify.

They've also won awards, broken records and continued to shine a light on the causes most important to them.

Here, we break down all the career moves the Sussexes have made since swapping Britain for California in 2020.

Meghan's Spotify podcast

Meghan and Harry first signed a deal with Spotify — reported to be worth $20m — in 2020, not long after exiting royal life.

In 2022, Meghan released a 12-part series on the streaming platform called Archetypes that unpacked the labels women are subjected to and often "hold them back".

The couple's audio branch of their production company Archewell "parted ways" with Spotify in June 2023, with an executive for the company, Bill Simmons, calling them "grifters" on his own podcast.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, arrive at the 2022 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award Gala at the Hilton Midtown in New York on December 6, 2022. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)
Meghan and Harry won a human rights award from the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Awards in 2022. (Getty Images)

He also said: "I have got to get drunk one night and tell the story of the Zoom I had with Harry to try and help hone in the podcast idea. It’s one of my best stories."

The Wall Street Journal reported at the time that Meghan and Harry won't have made the full $20m from their Spotify deal, because the couple hasn’t "met the productivity benchmarks required to receive the full payout from the deal".

Despite the negative press surrounding their mutual parting of ways from Spotify, Meghan is "continuing to develop more content for the Archetypes audience on another platform", their spokesperson said to the Wall Street Journal.

In 2020, Meghan and Harry said that they hoped to work their way to financial independence by building their own career. (Getty Images)
In 2020, Meghan and Harry said that they hoped to work their way to financial independence by building their own careers. (Getty Images)

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Netflix documentaries

Harry and Meghan signed a deal with Netflix in 2020, a few months after they left full-time royal life behind. The value of the deal wasn't disclosed, but was reported to be worth up to $100m.

Their first offering for the streaming company was a six-part documentary series that chronicled their exit from the UK, which also provided a look into their early romance and family life. Although for fans of the couple the series gave never before seen insight into their private lives and some more detail around their royal exit, several of the revelations had been made previously in their bombshell interview with Oprah, so some criticised the series for simply retreading old ground, rather than presenting anything new.

An animated show for children called Pearl was on the books to be created by Archewell Productions as part of the deal, but it has already been scrapped.

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on the long Walk at Windsor Castle arrive to view flowers and tributes to HM Queen Elizabeth on September 10, 2022 in Windsor, England. Crowds have gathered and tributes left at the gates of Windsor Castle to Queen Elizabeth II, who died at Balmoral Castle on 8 September, 2022. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The couple have only been back to the UK together on a handful of occasions since their royal exit, including. the funeral of the late Queen Elizabeth. (Getty Images)

Next up for the couple will be Heart of Invictus, a documentary series following six competitors in their preparations for the Invictus Games that will be released at the end of August.

The couple were reported to have recently bought the rights to the novel Meet Me At The Lake by Carley Fortune.

The romance surrounds a couple in their thirties, one half of which lost a parent in their earlier life, which has drawn some comparisons to the Sussexes's own story.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duke and Duchess of Sussex leave after a service of thanksgiving for the reign of Queen Elizabeth II at St Paul's Cathedral in London, Friday, June 3, 2022 on the second of four days of celebrations to mark the Platinum Jubilee. The events over a long holiday weekend in the U.K. are meant to celebrate the monarch's 70 years of service. (Photo by Matt Dunham - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Harry and Meghan returned to the UK to celebrate the late Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee. (Getty Images)

Harry's memoir Spare

Harry's memoir Spare was the first offering from his deal with publishing company Penguin Random House, which was reported to be a multi-book deal.

It spent weeks atop bestseller lists on each side of the Atlantic, despite leaks ahead of its official publication date after some Spanish stores accidentally put the book on sale before its release date.

It became the fastest-selling autobiography in the UK, with 467183 units sold in the first week.

The book provided never before seen insight to life behind closed doors in the Royal Family and disclosed Harry's struggles with mental health and grief after the loss of his mother, and the breakdown of his relationship with his brother, William.

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ITV TO SHOW UK EXCLUSIVE PRINCE HARRY INTERVIEW WITH TOM BRADBY PRODUCED BY ITN PRODUCTIONS

HARRY: THE INTERVIEW
Sunday January 8th at 9pm on ITV1 and ITVX 

Pictured: Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex interviewed by Tom Bradby in California.

ITV will show an exclusive interview with Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, next Sunday in which he will talk in-depth to Tom Bradby, journalist and ITV News at Ten presenter, covering a range of subjects including his personal relationships, never-before-heard details surrounding the death of his mother, Diana, and a look ahead at his future. 

The 90 minute programme, produced by ITN Productions for ITV, will be broadcast two days before Prince Harry’s autobiography ‘Spare’ is published on 10 January, by Transworld.

The book has been billed by publisher Penguin Random House as “a landmark publication full of insight, revelation, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom about the eternal power of love over grief”.

Filmed in California, where Harry now lives, Harry: The Interview, sees the Prince go into unprecedented depth and detail on life in and out of the Royal Family.

Speaking to Tom Bradby, who he has known for more than 20 years, Prince Harry shares his personal story, in his own words.

Michael Jermey, ITV Director of News and Current Affairs, said: “It is extremely rare for a member of the Royal Family to speak so openly about their experience at the heart of the institution. 

“Tom Bradby’s interview with Prince Harry will be a programme that everyone with an informed opinion on the monarchy should want to watch.
Prince Harry took part in a series of television interviews to promote his record-breaking memoir Spare. (ITV)

Philanthropy

When it comes to their charitable work, it's been pretty much business as usual for Harry and Meghan since leaving the UK and Royal Family behind, despite losing some of their patronages on their way out the door.

Patronages that had been given to the couple by the Queen reverted to the crown on their exit, but any charitable positions held privately they have continued to support.

Sentebale, which was co-founded by Harry in 2006, and the Invictus Games — that he founded in 2014 — are both charities that Harry plays a key role in.

The couple's Archewell foundation supports a wide range of charitable projects including the Diana Award, the Responsible Technology Youth Power Fund and the WellChild Awards.

Meghan provided a voiceover for Disney's documentary Elephant, in exchange for a donation to a conservation charity.

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