Prince Harry and wife, Meghan Markle, completed their split from the British royal family on Friday 19th, after informing Queen Elizabeth II that they will no longer be active members of the monarchy, Buckingham Palace said.
With the decision, Prince Harry was stripped of his honorary military titles and appointments, the Royal House reported, consolidating the deep divide that opened up between the prince and his family when he and his wife, Meghan, announced that they wanted to get away from their families official functions.
Meghan will also give up her appointments, the palace said in a statement, adding that the Queen Elizabeth will divide titles and appointments among other family members. The decision was announced after talks between Harry, who now lives in California, and his grandmother, the Queen.
“As you step away from the work of the royal family,” said the palace about Harry and Meghan, “it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service.”
“Although everyone is saddened by their decision, the duke and duchess are still very beloved members of the family,” says the statement.
Through a spokesman, Harry and Meghan said they would remain committed to the service. “We can all live a life of service. Service is universal,” said the spokesman. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex remain committed to their duties and services to the UK and around the world, and have offered their continued support to the organizations they represent, regardless of their official role.”
Under an agreement negotiated by the queen last year, the couple got rid of royal duties, but had to agree not to use the word “real” in your brand. The queen allowed the couple to retain the titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex, one of their last royal privileges.
The deal, which was signed in January 2020 on the queen’s property, allowed for a review after a year – a clause that some family members hoped would allow the couple to rethink their decision to leave, according to people linked to the Palace.
For Harry, giving up his military titles will be painful, people close to the royal family said. He served as a helicopter pilot in Afghanistan and reveres his ties to the military. But the queen never showed any intention of accepting the “half in, half out” agreement that Harry and Meghan proposed last year.
The couple’s decision to leave the royal family and seek a new life across the Atlantic was one of the biggest real events in decades.
Harry and Meghan intend to break the silence about the separation with the royal family in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, which will take place next month.
On Sunday, they announced that they were expecting their second child. It was good news for the couple after Meghan suffered a miscarriage last July, which she wrote for the newspaper. The New York Times.