"We're leaving"… this was the gist of the shock statement that left the royals reeling last year when Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan announced that they were stepping down from royal duties…
The unprecedented move had the world divided. Those who supported the brave decision by the couple to pursue roles outside of the confines of the royal family, and those who believe that they had shirked their responsibilities.
After a tumultuous exit, they settled in the US in a lovely 'little' mansion in California, together with their son Archie. As the world battled the Coronavirus pandemic, the Sussexes rebuilt their lives.
Here's what Meghan and Harry have been up to:
They secured million-dollar deals with Spotify and Netflix, and established the Archewell foundation.
Tragically, they also revealed that Meghan had suffered a miscarriage. The Duchess revealed her heartache in a candid column written for the New York Times.
Meghan Markle reveals miscarriage – "Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief"
Bringing hope to millions
Through their grief, they have also brought hope to hundreds thanks to the first project by the Archewell Foundation.
This month, the couple announced that the first philanthropic project for their Archewell Foundation will be to fund four community relief centres for World Food Kitchen. It is an organisation run by chef José Andrés which provides meals in the wake of natural disasters.
"The four buildings will be permanent structures designed to be opened rapidly in the wake of emergencies that can also be used as schools, clinics or community centres as necessary."
Whatever the year ahead brings, we're sure that the Sussexes will continue in their pursuit of using their fame to create a positive influence on the world at large.