The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry (36) and Meghan Markle (39), announced on Friday that they will no longer be an active part of the British Royal Family. The decision was informed today to Queen Elizabeth II and made public through a statement from Buckingham Palace. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have confirmed to Her Majesty the Queen that they will not return as active members of the royal family,” the press release said.
Harry and Meghan have lived in Los Angeles, United States for more than a year and since then have been raising their son, Archie, who is one year and nine months old. Their life is established on the other side of the Atlantic and from the beginning they hinted that they would not return to official life with the queen. During those months, the negotiation on the future of the dukes was arduous and had as participants not only the couple, but other members of the family.
“After conversations with the Duke, the Queen has written confirming that by leaving the Royal Family job it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that a life of public service entails. Therefore, the honorary military appointments and the royal patronages of the Dukes will be returned to His Majesty, before being redistributed among the active members of the Royal Family, ”the statement said.
Despite the decision that hit Buckingham’s core squarely, the Palace clarified that both – both Harry and Meghan – remain “very much loved.” “While everyone is saddened by his decision, the Duke and Duchess remain very dear members of the family,” the official report concluded. It is not yet clear how the return of titles, military appointments and endorsements will play out and if this will impact the finances of the marriage based in the United States.
On the one hand, a spokesperson for the prince and the actress explained, according to The Sun newspaper: “As evidenced by their work over the past year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex remain committed to their duty and service in the United Kingdom and in around the world, and have offered their continued support to the organizations they have represented regardless of their official role. Everyone can live a life of service. The service is universal ”. It is not yet known whether the Queen accepted this offer.
Harry, 36, will be stripped of his three remaining honorary military titles – with The Royal Marines, RAF Honington, Royal Navy Small Ships and Diving – and his sponsorships with the Rugby Football Union, the Rugby Football League and the London Marathon. Markle, meanwhile, would have to resign her role as patron of London’s National Theater, a position she received in 2019, and was interpreted as a gesture of affection from Queen Elizabeth II, who held that place for 45 years.
After learning that the Sussexes will tell their entire lives before the television cameras, on the Oprah Winfrey show, the royal family issued a statement distancing themselves from the marriage: “The Duke and Duchess are no longer active members of the royal family, so that, any decision they make regarding commitments to the media is their responsibility. As non-active members of royalty, they have no obligation to inform the Royal House of such plans.
However, behind the apparent calm of the formal epistle, they would be months of anger for the daring to expose themselves without royal consent.
Confirmation of the interview with Winfrey would not be a surprise in Buckingham. “It has been an open secret in the palace for months,” a source told Page Six. Meanwhile, the newspaper Mirror added that there is “a lot of nervousness” behind closed doors.
Meghan, who is pregnant with a second child, spoke on a variety of topics with Winfrey, who is close friends with the royal couple and was one of the guests at their wedding in May 2018.
“Winfrey will speak to Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, in an extensive interview, which will cover everything from her transition to royal life, marriage, motherhood, philanthropic work to how she is managing life under intense public pressure” CBS said in a statement. “Later, Prince Harry joins her as they discuss her move to the United States and her future hopes and dreams for her family.”
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