Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Confirm They Are Not Returning to Royal Life, Here’s What That Means

It’s official, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex are not returning to their royal roles. In deciding not to come back, the two will lose their royal patronages and Harry will lose his honorary military appointments.

(L-R) Meghan Markle and Prince Harry smiling, walking down a street, holding hands
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry | Karwai Tang/Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave the royal family

Over a year ago, Prince Harry and Meghan announced that they wanted to forge a new future for themselves, outside of the royal spotlight. Harry and the queen were then able to come to an agreement that would include Harry and Meghan having a year trial of leaving their positions as working senior members of the royal family.

“Following many months of conversations and more recent discussions, I am pleased that together we have found a constructive and supportive way forward for my grandson and his family,” Queen Elizabeth II said in a  statement.

“Harry, Meghan, and Archie will always be much loved members of my family,” she continued. “I recognise the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are not returning to royal roles

The trial seperation was supposed to end on Mar. 31, however Buckingham Palace released a statement this morning.

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have confirmed to Her Majesty The Queen that they will not be returning as working members of The Royal Family,” the statement reads.

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“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.”

What does this mean for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex?

Because Harry and Meghan are not returning, they will have to give up their royal patronages.

“The honorary military appointments and Royal patronages held by the Duke and Duchess will therefore be returned to Her Majesty, before being redistributed among working members of the royal family,” the statement continued.

This means Harry will lose his patronage of the Rugby Football Union, the Rugby Football League, and the London Marathon and Meghan will lose the National Theatre.

How do Prince Harry and Meghan Markle feel about not returning?

At the end of the statement, the royal family made sure to express their feelings about the decision.

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

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Meghan and Harry also released their own statement, which says that the pair “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 statement finishes.

Some royal experts are calling this the last cut in the severing of ties between the Sussexes and the rest of the royal family.