World Prince Harry and Meghan will not return as working members of royal family
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In a statement on Friday, Queen Elizabeth II confirmed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will lose their patronages, as the couple has decided not to return to royal life.Fans of the couple rallied behind them on social media, offering support as the couple, who have been living in California since 2020, enters a new stage of life as private (but still very public) citizens.
and , have agreed with Queen Elizabeth II that they will not be returning as working members of the British royal family, Buckingham Palace announced Friday.
The decision means that honorary military appointments and royal patronages held by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be revoked and redistributed among working members of the royal family, the palace said in a statement.
But the couple said they will continue to be committed to their duties in Britain and elsewhere -- pointedly insisting that "service is universal."
Prince Harry & Meghan Markle 'Under No Obligation' to Tell Royal Family About Interview Plans, Source Says
As non-working members of the royal family, a source tells ET the couple do not need to inform them about their plans ahead of time.While it's unknown whether the Duke and Duchess of Sussex -- who made their royal exit last year -- gave the royal family a heads up about their interview with Oprah, a royal source tells ET they are "under no obligation" to let them know about their plans.
A review of the couple's position since stepping back as senior royals last January was expected next month, but has been brought forward.
Harry and Meghan are due to joinfor a major interview on March 7 -- their first sit-down appearance since leaving London for North America.
As long as the couple represented the Queen, they were always limited in what they were able to say publicly. Now it's been announced that they will not be returning as working royals, they will be able to speak more freely in the interview.
The two camps both released statements on Friday, with the first announcement coming from the palace. The Queen has "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," the statement said.
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How great was the joy when Prince Harry (36) and Duchess Meghan (39, née Meghan Markle) announced that son Archie (1) was im June has a little sibling. But the news of the renewed pregnancy is overshadowed by negative headlines. After it became known that the Sussexes would not be returning to the British Crown as working family members after a year of testing , they issued a statement that it was tough.
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"While all are saddened by their decision, the Duke and Duchess remain much loved members of the family," it added.
A spokesman for the couple responded Friday that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex "remain committed to their duty and service to the UK and around the world" and have "offered their continued support to the organisations they have represented regardless of official role."
"We can all live a life of service. Service is universal," the spokesman added.
The pair will retain their Duke and Duchess of Sussex titles, and Prince Harry is still sixth in line to the British throne.
A number of organizations that Harry or Meghan were patrons of, including the UK's National Theatre and the governing body of English rugby, released statements Friday thanking them for their work.
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This news caused a stir not only in the British royal family, but all over the world! Prince Harry (36) and Duchess Meghan (39, nee Meghan Markle) are finally out of the Royal Family and will no longer return to their royal duties. As a result, the two lose all honorary titles and almost all of their royal patronage! © Getty Images gettyimages-1205677833.jpg Between the lines: We reveal what the Queen's message means in the video above. A tough decision by Queen Elizabeth II.
The loss of the Harry's military patronages will also come as a blow. He served in the British Army until 2015, attaining the rank of captain and has been heavily involved in veterans charities since leaving.
The announcement comes just days after the couple revealed that they are. Meanwhile, Harry's grandfather, Prince Philip, is currently in a London hospital as a "precautionary measure" after feeling unwell.
Harry and Meghan have already begun the process of carving out their post-royal roles, building the foundations of their media empire with a number of high-profile deals. In December, they announced they would be, and before that they signed a multi-year production deal with Netflix.
The couple have simultaneously sought to wrangle more control of their media coverage,with four of the United Kingdom's biggest tabloid newspapers after years of strained relations and launching multiple legal campaigns against some publishers and picture agencies.
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