Meghan Markle and Harry ‘blindsided’ Queen with exit says expert
The Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry are to reconvene 12 months after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex officially stepped down as senior royals last March. The review, a source revealed last year, was enforced to give the chance to both the Crown and the Sussexes to “ensure the arrangement works for all parties”.
Royal commentators have been discussing with anticipation which topics the royals may discuss in the upcoming review and whether it could result in Prince Harry and Meghan losing their titles or patronages.
However, the Daily Express royal correspondent, Richard Palmer, doesn’t believe this review will bring about radical changes.
He wrote on Twitter: “Reporters have different takes on this but for what it’s worth my understanding is there’s little to discuss in the Megxit review due at the end of March.”
Mr Palmer pointed out the Duke and Duchess of Sussex appear to be happy with their post-royal lives and the arrangement they have made after April 2020.
The Queen and Prince Harry will have ‘little to discuss’ over the Megxit agreement – expert
Prince Harry is unlikely to retain his honorary military titles – expert
He continued: “Harry and Meghan seem happy with their new life and are now financially independent.”
After Megxit, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have remained in touch with their patronages across the pond and have tied links with new charities in the US.
Meghan and Harry were photographed delivering meals to people shielding in the Los Angeles area during the first wave of coronavirus infections.
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Prince Harry has been stripped of his military patronages
In August, pictures of Meghan and Harry volunteering during the distribution of school supplies and essential goods were shared by the charity organising this drive, Baby2Baby.
And Prince Harry was spotted volunteering for veterans and at-risk communities in Compton in November.
They also worked behind the scenes to their foundation, Archewell, the launch of which appears to be getting closer and closer after the couple published a “letter to 2021” on the organisation’s website and outlined its goals.
The Queen with Harry and Meghan during the Trooping the Colour parade in 2019
The Queen and Prince Harry took part in the Sandringham summit last year
Most notably, the couple struck financially profitable deals with Spotify and Netflix, reaffirming their intention to become completely independent from the Sovereign Grant.
While conceding the couple appear to be happy in California, Mr Palmer added there is one key red line stated in the deal struck during the summit at Sandringham last January which causes the unhappiness of the Duke of Sussex – the loss of his three honorary military titles.
The expert tweeted: “Harry is clearly unhappy about losing his military patronages but there’s no sign of any change on that.
“His military patronages are expected to be given to other members of the family later in 2021.
“Announcements are likely to be dribbled out rather than made on March 31.”
Prince Harry served in the Army for 10 years
Prince Harry, who served in the Army for 10 years, was appointed Commodore-in-Chief, Small Ships and Diving, Royal Naval Command in 2006.
Two years later, he was given the title of Honorary Air Commandant in 2008.
Finally, in 2017 he succeeded his grandfather Prince Philip as Captain-General of the Royal Marines.
Royal historian Marlene Koenig also thinks it is highly unlikely the Duke of Sussex will be given back his military patronages.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle appear to be happy with their post-royal lives – expert
She has previously told Express.co.uk: “Other people will be appointed for those positions next year.
“You need someone who is there all the time and he can’t do that.
“He has made the decision to leave and cease to be a working royal.
“Part of being a working royal are military patronages – not every member of the Royal Family gets them, but most of them do – and they need to be taken very seriously.
“When you leave the job you don’t get to retain the perks.”