The dukes of sussex, Harry and Meghan, have confirmed to Queen Elizabeth II of England that they will not work as members of the British royal family, Buckingham Palace reported on Friday in a statement.
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 situation was pending review in early 2021.
With this confirmation, the head of state He has decided to withdraw from his grandson – sixth in the line of succession to the British throne – the honorary patronages he held and which will return to the sovereign, who will distribute them to other members of the royal family.
The decision was known days after the dukes, who were married in the chapel of St George from Windsor Castle (West London) in 2018, inform them that they will be the parents of their second child.
In addition, it matches the Duke of Edinburgh hospitalization, husband of the queen Isabel II.
In the statement released this 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 that the dukes held will therefore return to His Majesty, before being distributed among working members of the royal family, “the palace note said.
The royal residence admitted that while it is a sad decision, Harry and Meghan are still “much loved members of the royal family.”
A spokesman for the Dukes of Sussex stated that both “remain committed to their duty and service to the UK and throughout the world, and they have offered their continued support to the organizations they have represented, regardless of their official role. ”
“We can all live a life of service; service is universal”, the spokesperson noted, 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 has 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, that today thanked the Duke of Sussex in a tweet for his commitment to this sport “in recent years.”
Among the honorary military appointments that the prince returns to his grandmother are that of Captain General of the Royal Marines, Royal Air Force Honington and Royal Navy Small Shipsas well as the sponsorship of the Royal National Theater and the Association of Universities of the British Commonwealth of Nations.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.