As much as this Los Angelino would like to say it’s because they’re picking up and moving to California officially, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex actually were here on business. The couple visited Stanford University in Palo Alto on Tuesday to attend a brainstorming session among professors, academics and, apparently, royals.
According to Today, the meeting was aimed at helping them sort out their new charitable organization and nail down ways they can be most impactful with their humanitarian work. As you may remember, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their new foundation in January simultaneously with their decision to shed their official royal titles.
The couple reportedly flew commercial (how were they not inundated by fans?) from their new temporary home on Vancouver Island and were greeted by university president Marc Tessier-Lavigne upon their arrival at Stanford.
Education has been one of the pillars of Markle’s charity work even before her royal days. A graduate of Northwestern University, Markle selected the ACU (which fosters higher education across the British Commonwealth) as one of her patronages and has spoken repeatedly about how access to education is imperative.
During she and Prince Harry’s tour of Oceania in October of 2018, she even gave a speech about her experience with college. “As a university graduate, I know the personal feeling of pride and excitement that comes with attending university,” she said. “From the moment you receive your acceptance letter to the exams you spend countless late nights studying for, the lifelong friendships you make with your fellow alumni to the moment that you receive your diploma, the journey of higher education is an incredible, impactful and pivotal one. I am also fully aware of the challenges of being able to afford this level of schooling for many people around the world, myself included.”
Oh, to be a fly on that Stanford wall.
If you can’t get enough of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, then prepare to revisit the whirlwind of their royal exit in a forthcoming special titled Royal Revolution: Harry & Meghan on Their Own.
Today, Entertainment Tonight announced that a special devoted to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s shocking exit is heading to a TV near you this coming Monday. The Royal Revolution special will analyze everything that led to the 35-year-old prince and 38-year-old duchess rebuking their royal titles and announcing their plan to work toward financial independence, as well as the drama that followed in the royal family.
The ET special was filmed in London and Vancouver and features interviews with royal experts like DailyMail.com editor-at-large Piers Morgan, plus Princess Diana’s former psychic Simone Simmons (what a pair).
In addition to the broad strokes of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s efforts toward autonomy, the special will explore everything from the mental health docu-series Prince Harry is working on with Oprah to the alleged conversations Markle has had surrounding her impending return to Hollywood. It will also dive into what life at Buckingham Palace has been like since their move to Canada, how the royal staff really feels about their decision and how this will change their 8-month-old son Archie’s life long-term. Sounds pretty juicy—especially after the pair’s recent moves in the speaking engagement realm.
So how can you watch the Sussex special? Royal Revolution: Harry & Meghan On Their Own will air on Monday, February 17 on Entertainment Tonight. (You can check out your local listings here). Let’s just hope it doesn’t conflict with The Bachelor.