The Queen To Strip Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Of Honorary Roles...

The Queen To Strip Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Of Honorary Roles As They Officially Resign From All Royal Duties

By Ubokobong Uko | Senior News Editor on February 19, 2021
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Prince Harry And Meghan Markle
Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex | Dominic Lipinski/PA Images

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have officially resigned from all royal duties.

Buckingham Palace announced Friday, February 19, 2021 that they will no longer serve as working members of the royal family.

The Palace disclosed that the couple’s honorary military appointments and royal patronages would be returned to Queen Elizabeth II to be redistributed.

The statement read: “Following conversations with The Duke, 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.

“While all are saddened by their decision, The Duke and Duchess remain much loved members of the family.””

When the Duke and Duchess of Sussex first stepped away from the royal family, the Queen agreed to a 12-month review. The decision was then made following conversations between 36-year-old Prince Harry and other members of the royal family.

Following the announcement, a spokesperson for Prince Harry and Markle, 39, added: “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.”

The military, commonwealth and charitable associations which will revert back to the Queen are: The Royal Marines, RAF Honington, Royal Navy Small Ships and Diving, The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, The Rugby Football Union, The Rugby Football League, The Royal National Theatre and The Association of Commonwealth Universities.

The announcement comes after news broke that the Sussexes will sit down for a 90-minute interview with Oprah Winfrey.

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