Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Respond to Queen Elizabeth Stripping Their Patronages — ‘We Can All Live a Life of Service’
It’s official. Queen Elizabeth is taking back all patronages from Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. Buckingham Palace has confirmed that the Megxit review period is over, and the decisions have been made.
Harry and Meghan will not return as working members of the royal family. According to a statement from the couple, they are happy doing their own thing and don’t need to be part of The Firm.
Queen Elizabeth doesn’t believe you can be ‘half in and half out’
Royal reporter Richard Palmer explained in a series of tweets that Queen Elizabeth is taking back all of the patronages she handed to Harry and Meghan. Palmer says that Her Majesty believes “you can’t be half in and half out” when it comes to being part of the royal family.
“A statement says the couple have confirmed they will not be returning as working members of the Royal Family and adds: ‘While we are all saddened by their decision, the Duke and Duchess remain much loved members of the family,'” Palmer wrote.
According to CNN, Harry and Meghan agreed with the Queen’s decision. The official Megxit review period was supposed to end next month. It’s not clear why they sped up the process. But, we do know that the Sussexes are scheduled to give their first major interview since leaving London for Los Angeles.
On March 7, Harry and Meghan are scheduled to sit down with Oprah Winfrey. This will be the first time that the couple will be allowed to speak openly. When the duke and duchess represented the queen they were limited in what they were allowed to say publicly.
Prince Harry is losing his beloved patronages
For his entire adult life, Prince Harry has been involved in charity work all over the world. He focuses on issues that are not only near and dear to his heart. As well as those that were important to his mother, the late Princess Diana.
Harry even launched the Invictus Games Foundation all on his own and started the Invictus Games for wounded veterans. But now, the queen is taking all of that away.
According to Express, Harry is losing the following patronages: Dolen Cymru, Henry Van Straubenzee Memorial Fund, Invictus Games Foundation, The London Marathon Charitable Trust, MapAction, Rhino Conservation Botswana, The Rugby Football League, Rugby Football Union, Rugby Football Union All Schools Programme, Rugby Football Union Injured Players Foundation, Sentebale, Silverstone Heritage Experience, Small Ships and Diving, Royal Naval Command, and Wellchild.
As a working royal, Harry held the honorary roles of Captain-General Royal Marines, Honorary Air Commandant, RAF Honington Commodore-in-Chief, Small Ships and Diving, Royal Naval Command.
He will keep the ranks he earned during his 10-year military career. However, Queen Elizabeth could strip him of his ceremonial titles.
Meghan is also losing all of her patronages. They include: Mayhew, The National Theatre, Smartworks, and The Association of Commonwealth Universities.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle issued a statement in response to Queen Elizabeth taking back their patronages
In response to the queen’s decision, Harry and Meghan issued a statement. In which they made it clear they don’t need the royal family. Instead, they can do their work and serve others on their own.
“As evidenced by their work over the past year, 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 organizations they have represented regardless of official role. We can all live a life of service. Service is universal.” their spokesperson said.