Jumat, 19 Februari 2021

Queen strips Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, of their royal patronages - ABC News

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have lost their royal patronages after telling the Queen they will not be returning as working members of the royal family.

A statement from Buckingham Palace said the Queen had told Prince Harry that by stepping away from the royal family he could not continue with "the duties that come with a life of public service".

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.

The statement from Buckingham Palace said while "all are saddened" by their decision, the couple remained "much loved members of the 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," 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.

"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 decision came 11 months into a 12-month review agreed to by the Duke and Duchess and Buckingham Palace about their future roles.

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.

Other military, Commonwealth and Charitable associations that will revert to the Queen include The Queen's Commonwealth Trust, The Royal National Theatre and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

The Duke will also be stepping down from his role as patron of England's Rugby Football Union, who thanked him for his service on Twitter.


A spokesman for the Duke and Duchess said the couple remained committed to working with organisations they have in the past.

"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 organisations they have represented regardless of official role," the spokesman said.

"We can all live a life of service.

"Service is universal.”

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2021-02-19 12:33:17Z

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