LONDON – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan, confirmed to Queen Elizabeth II of England that they will no longer work as members of the British royal family, Buckingham Palace said in a statement on Friday.
Prince Harry, grandson of Elizabeth II, and his wife, had decided a year ago to withdraw from the monarchy, start a new life outside the UK and become financially independent, in what was then known as the ‘Megxit’, but this This situation was pending review in early 2021.
With this confirmation, the head of state has decided to withdraw from her grandson – sixth in the line of succession to the British throne – the honorary sponsorships that he held and that will return to the sovereign, who will distribute them to other members of the royal family.
The decision came days after the dukes, who were married in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in 2018, reported that they will be the parents of their second child.
In addition, it coincides with the hospitalization of the Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II.
In the statement released on Friday, the palace added that, when the dukes confirmed their decision, the queen wrote to inform them that “it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that are part of life in public service.”
“Honorary military appointments and royal patronages held by the dukes will therefore return to His Majesty, before being distributed among working members of the royal family,” the palace note pointed out.
The royal residence admitted that while it is a sad decision, Harry and Meghan are still “very dear members of the royal family.”
A spokesman for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stated that both “remain committed to their duty and service to the UK and around the world, and have offered their continued support to the organizations they have represented, regardless of their official role.”
“We can all live a life of service; the service is universal, “said the spokesman, quoted by the BBC.
The dukes, who currently reside in Los Angeles, caused controversy with their decision to withdraw from the monarchy a year ago.
The couple have already signed several contracts, including with Netflix, for several million dollars, while they plan to offer an interview next March with the well-known American presenter Oprah Winfrey.
Among the sponsorships that Prince Harry will lose is that of the Rugby Union, which on Friday thanked the Duke of Sussex in a tweet for his commitment to the sport “in recent years.”
Among the honorary military appointments the Prince returns to his grandmother are Captain General of the Royal Marines, Royal Air Force Honington and Royal Navy Small Ships, as well as sponsorship from the Royal National Theater and the Association of Universities of the British Commonwealth of Nations.