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A Timeline Of Prince Harry And Meghan Markle's Legal Drama

By MOLLY MULSHINE
leaving the uk
Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, and their son Archie haven't set foot on British soil as a family unit since November 2019. When the three took a vacation in Canada, they never returned to the United Kingdom; Meghan and Harry soon stepped down from being working royals, but were allowed to retain their titles.
will they return?
Harry returned to London alone for the funeral of his grandfather, Prince Philip, in April 2021, then once more in July 2021 to unveil a statue of his mother Diana. The Sussexes are expected to return for the queen's 2022 Diamond Jubilee, but the issue of whether they will attend threatens to upstage the celebration.
decamped to canada
Things got tense for Harry and Meghan when they decided to stay in Canada. The security service afforded to the Sussexes cost Canadian taxpayers about C$10 million per year, and when they stepped down from their royal status and lost their right to security, the RCMP jumped at the chance to cut this "deeply unpopular" cost.
losing protected status
In an interview with Oprah, Harry and Meghan confirmed that they'd lost their governmental security. Harry said he "never thought" he'd lose this privilege, and if Prince Charles eventually takes the throne, baby Archie may gain a title and taxpayer-funded security, but it's not guaranteed.

the lawsuit begins

The Sussexes have since asked the UK government to reinstate their security, but their request was rejected, causing Harry to file a lawsuit and confirm that lack of security is the reason the family has stayed overseas. The family does have private security, but their team cannot access classified information or carry firearms.