The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan will relinquish their honorary military appointments and patronages after confirming to Queen Elizabeth II that they will not return as working royals, Buckingham Palace announced Friday.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as they are formally known, rocked the British monarchy when they quit frontline royal duties a year ago.
They have since embarked on a new life involving several commercial ventures in the United States, and now live in California.
Under the initial terms of their departure thrashed out at an emergency summit with the queen in early 2020, Harry had agreed to review the decision a year on.
“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,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement.
“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.”
Prince Harry, a former soldier, holds three honorary military titles – Captain General of the Royal Marines, Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Honington, and Commodore-in-Chief, Small Ships and Diving, Royal Naval Command.
Trusts and patronages that will revert to Queen Elizabeth, 94, include the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, the Rugby Football Union, the Rugby Football League, the Royal National Theatre, and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
Meghan will retain animal welfare charity Mayhew and Smart Works Charity, which provides women with professional attire for career opportunities.
Meanwhile, Prince Harry will continue to work with WellChild, which aids sick children and their families, his personal charity Sentebale, which he set up with friend Prince Seeiso of Lesotho to help combat the HIV/AIDS pandemic in southern Africa, and the Invictus Games Foundation, the Paralympic-style contests for service members he created.