Prince Harry and Meghan tell Queen they will not return as working members of Royal Family
The Queen has confirmed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will not be returning as working members of the Royal Family nearly a year after stepping down, Buckingham Palace said today.
The dramatic announcement was made in a palace statement at midday today, and sees the Sussexes quit for good more than one month before the one-year ‘Megxit’ review was due to be concluded on March 31.
Buckingham Palace referred to the Sussexes as ‘much loved members of the family’ and said it was ‘saddened by their decision’. It also revealed the Queen had ‘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’.
Harry and Meghan hit back in their own statement three minutes later, saying they ‘remain committed to their duty and service to the UK and around the world’, adding: ‘We can all live a life of service. Service is universal.’
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex quit as senior working royals in March 2020 to earn their own money in the US, where they have signed deals with Spotify and Netflix estimated to be worth more than £100million.
Stepping down as working royals also means the couple, who now live in an £11million mansion in Montecito, California, will not be able to hold on to their military, Commonwealth and some other patronages.
The decision was made after conversations between the Duke of Sussex and members of the Royal Family. It brings to a conclusion an astonishing week in royal relations between the Sussexes and Buckingham Palace – and while Harry’s grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh is being treated at King Edward VII Hospital in London.
The military, Commonwealth and charitable associations which will revert to the Queen are: the Royal Marines, RAF Honington, Royal Navy Small Ships and Diving, The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, The Rugby Football Union, The Rugby Football League, The Royal National Theatre and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
The Sussexes, who revealed on Sunday that they are expecting their second child, are poised for an ‘intimate’ interview about their lives with Oprah Winfrey on March 7, which CBS announced on Monday.