The clock had barely struck 2020 when the royal decree, er, IG came through: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would be stepping down as senior members of the royal family and moving to North America. Their plan (which as it turned out, had yet to receive the blessing of HRH the queen, oops) was to become financially independent, but also to take a break from the merciless tabloid reporters and raise Archie away from the spotlight, all while launching their own charity and finding their voice away from the monarchy—no small job.
But after a hiccup or two (like—cough, cough—the palace’s reaction when it came to the use of their intended brand name, Sussex Royal), they rode off into the sunset disembarked in Canada (eventually California) and, even during a pandemic, haven’t stopped making moves since. But what have they actually accomplished? Here, Harry and Meghan’s year in review.