It’s official: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are saying goodbye to their royal roles for good.
On Friday, Buckingham Palace announced the “saddening” news that the couple will not be returning as working members of the royal family. “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," BP wrote in a statement. “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.”
Unfortunately, this means that the ex-royal couple will have to relinquish their trusts and patronages such as the Queen's Commonwealth Trust, the Rugby Football Union, the Rugby Football League, the Royal National Theatre and the Association of Commonwealth Universities. In addition, the duke will also lose his honorary military appointments—which we know is very close to Harry’s heart.
The message concluded, “While all are saddened by their decision, The Duke and Duchess remain much-loved members of the family.”