Ebene News – AU – Queen strips Harry and Meghan of royal patronage

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex lost their royal patronages after telling the Queen that they would not be returning as active members of the Royal Family

A statement from Buckingham Palace said the Queen told Prince Harry that by stepping down from the royal family he could not continue to perform “duties that come with a life of public service”

The couple, who are expecting their second child later this year, shocked the royals by stepping down from their roles in March last year and moving to the United States with their baby Archie

The Buckingham Palace statement 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 active members of the Royal Family,” the statement read

“As a result of conversations with the Duke, the Queen wrote to confirm that by moving away from the work of the Royal Family, it is not possible to continue to carry out the responsibilities and duties that come with a public service life

“Honorary military appointments and royal patronages held by the Duke and Duchess will therefore be returned to Her Majesty, before being redistributed among the active members of the Royal Family”

The decision came 11 months after a 12-month review agreed to by the Duke and Duchess and Buckingham Palace over their future roles

Harry, a war veteran from Afghanistan, will lose his honorary military appointments and no longer be Captain General of the Royal Marines, a post he took over from his grandfather Prince Philip when he stepped down of public life in 2017

Other military, Commonwealth and charitable associations that will return to the Queen include the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, the Royal National Theater and the Association of Commonwealth Universities

The Duke will also quit his role as boss of England’s Rugby Football Union, which thanked him for his service on Twitter

A spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess said the couple remain committed to working with organizations they have had 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 in the UK and around the world, and have offered their continued support to organizations they represented regardless of role, ”said the spokesperson

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Ebene News – AU – Queen strips Harry and Meghan of their royal patronages

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-19/queen-strips-harry-and-meghan-of-their-royal-patronages/13174310