Meghan Markle, Prince Harry share throwback photos on social media

Meghan and Harry share throwback photos from pre-royal exit days

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited New Zealand in 2018

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are staying active on their Sussex Royal account. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex took to their personal social media platform on Wednesday, February 5, to share a series of throwback photos. The images were posted to mark New Zealand’s national day, Waitangi Day, which is on February 6. To celebrate, Meghan and Harry shared images from their 2018 royal tour of the country, which was their first as a couple. “To all of our Kiwi followers, sending our very best to each of you on Waitangi Day! 🇳🇿,” Sussex Royal wrote alongside the images.

“As a commonwealth country and a realm, today we honour the spirit and diversity of New Zealand, and we feel particularly reminded of the special time we had there during our tour in 2018,” the caption continued. “The Duke and Duchess send their best wishes to all the people of New Zealand. I tēnei rā, ka tuku mihi maioha te Tiuka me te Tāhihi ki ngā iwi katoa o Aotearoa.”

A lot has happened since the pair’s royal tour two years ago. Last month, the couple shocked the world by announcing their plan to step back as senior members of the royal family. While Harry and Meghan are no longer working members of the royal family, they are still president and vice president of the Queen's Commonwealth Trust. Under the terms of their agreement with Her Majesty, the Sussexes agreed to step back from royal duties, including official military appointments.

Meghan and Harry celebrated New Zealand’s national day with throwback photos©Getty Images
Meghan and Harry celebrated New Zealand’s national day with throwback photos

In a statement released by Buckingham Palace, it was announced that Meghan and Harry would longer receive public funds for royal duties, nor formally represent the Queen. Though with the monarch’s blessing, the Sussexes will continue to maintain their private patronages and associations. “It is my whole family’s hope that today’s agreement allows them to start building a happy and peaceful new life,” the Queen said in a statement.

Meghan and Harry, along with their son Archie Harrison, are currently in Canada. The Duke’s close friend Nacho Figueras recently revealed on ABC’s Royal Divide: Harry, Meghan and The Crown that his royal pal moved across the pond to protect his wife and young son. “He's being a father. This is a guy who is trying to protect his cub and his lioness from whatever it takes," Nacho said. "In spite of the place that he was given and all of the benefits and comforts that life has given him, he’s one of the most committed and hardworking people that I know.”

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