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They are among the most visible faces of the British monarchy, but Harry and Meghan will not officially represent the Royal Family again, Buckingham Palace said in a statement.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex temporarily gave up their royal privileges and obligations in March of last year, in order to work towards becoming financially independent.
And with the “transition period” agreed with Queen Elizabeth II nearing completion, the monarch confirmed that her grandson and wife had already no “to be continuen with the responsibilities and duties that a life of public service entails. “
The confirmation means that Harry and Meghan, who reside in California, will return their honorary military appointments and royal endorsements, which will be redistributed among active members of the royal family.
But the statement issued by the palace stressed that the prince and his wife “they are still very dear members of the family”.
The couple, for their part, said that “the service is universal” and offered to continue supporting the organizations they had represented.
“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“said a spokesman for the couple.
For the BBC’s royal correspondent Jonny Dymond, both the junction of statements and the timing of the announcement suggests that although the decision was announced after talks between the parties, they have not completely ironed out their differences.
“Like all good family arguments, this one breaks out in a difficult moment: Harry’s grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, is in the hospital. So why now? “Dymond wonders.
“One source says it was because the story was already all over the place and that it would have been in the newspapers over the weekend. The implication: that one party was putting pressure on the other,” he explains.
And for the BBC correspondent the loss of the title of Captain General of the Royal Marines will be especially painful for Harry.
“Harry’s military life has defined him. ‘Don’t screw it up,’ Prince Philip told his grandson the day he left him honorary command of the Marines. Giving him up now must be a serious blow,” Dymond said.
Harry will also have to resign your positions Honorary Air Commander of the Royal Air Force at Honington, Commodore-in-Chief of Small Ships and Diving for the Royal Navy, President of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust and patron of the Rugby Football Union and Rugby Football League.
Meghan, for her part, will cease to be Vice President of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust and patron of the Royal National Theater and the Association of British Commonwealth Universities.
The couple, however, have signed millionaire business contracts con Netflix y Spotify.
And the announcement also comes just days after the dukes revealed that they are expecting their second child.
Harry and Meghan are expected to discuss their decision to walk away from the monarchy in an upcoming television interview with Oprah Winfrey, a very popular US presenter.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.