Prince Harry and Meghan Markle release details of their new life away from the royals, starting on March 31

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will officially step down as senior royals from March 31, a spokesperson has announced.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will no longer carry out any duties on behalf of the Queen. However, this  arrangement WILL be reviewed after 12 months, meaning there is a chance the couple could return to royal life.

In January, Prince Harry and Meghan announced their decision not to undertake any royal duties and to become financially independent. 

Now it's been revealed that the couple will no longer be seen as "senior royals" from March 31 and from then on they will split their time between the UK and North America.

However, before the end of March, they will attend six events in the UK including the Commonwealth Day Service on March 9.

Harry is also expected to be the official starter at the London Marathon in April and the couple will also attend the Invictus Games in the Netherlands in May.

In a surprising twist, the spokseman also confirmed that there are still on-going negotitations about whether or not Harry and Meghan are allowed to use the term 'royal' as they would like.

Last June, the couple applied to trademark the Sussex Royal brand - used on their website and social media. 

Harry will retain the ranks of Major, Lieutenant Commander, and Squadron Leader but his honorary military positions will be suspended. The roles will not be filled by anyone else during the 12-month review period.

It was also revealed that while the pair will keep their HRH titles, they will not be using them formally, and their office at Buckingham Palace has closed.

Both Harry and Meghan, who have a son Archie, nine months, have spoken about how they had struggled under the media spotlight.

The couple have been in Canada with Archie for much of this year, after briefly returning to the UK in January following an extended six-week Christmas break on Vancouver Island.

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