It has been officially confirmed that Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle will not be returning to their royal roles, telling Queen Elizabeth that they will not be working members of monarchy.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have confirmed to Her Majesty The Queen that they will not be returning as working members of The Royal Family,” the Buckingham Palace statement said.
“Following conversations with The Duke, The Queen has written confirming that in stepping away from the work of The Royal Family it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service.”, the statement continued.
With this decision, Prince Harry, who is 36 years old, will lose his honorary military appointments, which will subsequently be redistributed “among working members of The Royal Family.”. Other trusts and patronages that will go back to Queen Elizabeth, 94, include the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, the Rugby Football Union, the Rugby Football League, the Royal National Theatre, and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
The couple said last January that they would step back as “senior” royals and work to become financially independent and formally stepped down in March, with a plan to review the arrangement after 12 months.
“While all are saddened by their decision, The Duke and Duchess remain much loved members of the family.”
“As evidenced by their work over the past year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex remain committed to their duty and service to the UK and around the world, and have offered their continued support to the organisations they have represented regardless of official role.”, a spokesman for Harry and Meghan said. “We can all live a life of service. Service is universal.” they added.
While the couple will be giving up their HRH titles, Harry will retain the title of Prince, having been born one.
Earlier this week, the couple had shared a happy news and announced that they are soon expecting their second child.