The Queen strips the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan, of their royal patronage
Prince Harry and Meghan have told the Queen that they will not be returning as working members of the royal family, and will in turn lose their patronages and honorary appointments, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.
The couple, who are expecting their second child later this year, shocked the royal family by stepping back from their roles in March last year and moving to the United States with their baby son Archie.
“While all are saddened by their decision, The Duke and Duchess remain much loved members of the family,” the statement from the Palace concluded.
Harry, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, will lose his honorary military appointments and no longer be Captain General of the Royal Marines, a position he took on from his grandfather Prince Philip when he stepped back from public life in 2017.
The Duke and Duchess will maintain their “HRH” prefix, becoming legally known as His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex and Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex, although the titles will no longer be used actively. Harry remains sixth in line to throne, but will step down the line of succession if Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis have children.