Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced yesterday they would be permanently stepping down as senior members of the Royal Family. As Megxit has now become lifelong, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will lose their patronages and Harry will officially forgo his honorary military titles. But Daily Express royal correspondent Richard Palmer has said if the couple do wish to return, they could follow the precedent of another non-working royal.
Writing in response to the latest Megxit revelations, Mr Palmer said on Twitter: “Where the Sussexes may find more sympathy is the question of Prince Michael of Kent.
“As we reported on February 2, he has seven military patronages despite not being a working royal.
“He runs his own business consultancy.
“Prince Michael also attends state banquets, very useful if you are looking to make overseas business contacts, some might think.”
But the royal expert revealed that Harry has never been a fan of state banquets.
He said: “Of course, Harry never wanted to attend state banquets, thinking them boring.”
Prince Michael is a paternal cousin of the Queen and is 48th in line to the throne.
On Friday Meghan and Harry confirmed they had no intention to return as full-time working royals at the end of their 12-month Megxit review period in late March.
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Just minutes after the palace made this groundbreaking announcement, Meghan and Harry issued their own statement.
A spokesman for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said: “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.
“We can all live a life of service. Service is universal.”
Prince Harry has now formally lost his three honorary military titles of Captain-General of the Royal Marines, Honorary Air Force Commandant of RAF base Honington and Honorary Commodore–in–Chief of Small Ships and Diving.
The Duke also had to relinquish his links to patronages passed on to him by other members of the Royal Family – The Rugby Football Union and The Rugby Football League.
Similarly, Meghan has lost the two patronages inherited from the Queen in January 2019 – the National Theatre and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
But the pair will keep working with a number of not-for-profit groups that were not bestowed by the Queen.
Harry will continue his links with the Invictus Games tournament and Meghan will continue working with Smart Works Charity and the Mayhew animal shelter.