The royal couple will no longer be working royals.
Ever since they departed the United Kingdom, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, have been taking steps to distance themselves from the goings-on of the British Royal Family. This was in the interest of obtaining greater privacy from the public eye and focusing their efforts on raising their young son, Archie, though there was always a potential of returning to Buckingham Palace if the couple so chose. As of today, that potential is officially off the table.
In a joint decision with Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke and Duchess have formally withdrawn from the business of the British Royal Family.
“Following conversations with the duke,” reads the official statement from Buckingham 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.”
As a result of their departure, the couple will stop receiving their royal patronages from the Queen, and Harry’s honorary military appointments from his ten years in the British military forces will be stripped. According to the statement, the royal patronages will “be returned to Her Majesty, before being redistributed among working members of the royal family.”
“As evidenced by their work over the past year, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex remain committed to their duty and service to the U.K. and around the world, and have offered their continued support to the organizations they have represented regardless of official role. We can all live a life of service. Service is universal,” a spokesperson for the couple said.