Meghan and Harry ‘hit roof’ over Palace statement says Ship
Her Majesty accepted their growing business ventures in the US were not compatible with being Royals. After meetings with Harry, Prince William and their father Prince Charles, the Queen made the announcement, with a statement saying the couple would “remain much-loved members of the family”. But within moments of the news, Harry and Meghan issued an astonishing parting shot.
Their statement said: “We can all live a life of service. Service is universal.”
Royal sources admitted the Sussexes’ rebuke “clearly demonstrates the deep wounds of the past remain for at least one side”.
The Queen, 94, wrote to Harry to say it was not possible for him and Meghan to combine their new life making money in California with one of public service.
A senior Royal source said: “It’s a family decision, not one taken by the men in grey suits.”
The move means roles such as Captain General of the Royal Marines that Harry took over in 2017 from Prince Philip will now be handed to another member of the family.
Sources said the decision had been announced ahead of the March 31 deadline to review the Sussexes’ first year of independence because all the main questions had been resolved.
Buckingham Palace also wanted to avoid further damaging speculation, it was said.
It comes days after the couple announced they had agreed to do an interview with US chat show queen Oprah Winfrey.
The Queen made the decision with her family
A snap express.co.uk poll yesterday revealed strong public backing for the Queen’s move, with 96 per cent agreeing she was right to remove patronages from Harry and Meghan.
Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “While all are saddened by their decision, the Duke and Duchess remain much-loved members of the family.”
Harry, an Army veteran with two tours of duty in Afghanistan, had fought to keep his cherished honorary roles representing the military, particularly his position as Captain General of the Royal Marines.
The couple believed that it was possible for them to combine earning their own money with part-time work on official Royal engagements.
Their spokesman sounded a note of defiance, saying: “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.”
Harry and Meghan with baby Archie who is yet to visit England
Harry and Meghan with William and Kate at Westminster Abbey in 2018
He added: “We can all live a life of service. Service is universal.”
Angela Levin, one of Harry’s biographers, said she was not surprised the Queen had acted amid increasing concerns over the Sussexes.
Their decision to do £100million deals with Netflix and Spotify and appear on TV with Oprah Winfrey prompted claims they were cashing in on their Royal names.
The biographer said: “She [the Queen] doesn’t want the Royal Family’s name to be tainted in that way and this, I think, crossed the red line.”
The Daily Express revealed on February 2 that Harry was in line to lose his military patronages.
Earlier this week it became clear the other roles that the Queen had given the couple were likely to go.
The so-called “Megxit deal” was up for review by March 31 this year in case Harry and Meghan had second thoughts and wanted to return.
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“We can all live a life of service. Service is universal.”
Palace officials made it clear the couple, who are expecting their second child, will still be welcome at family occasions, including Trooping the Colour.
The Sussexes now live in their new £11million home in Montecito, California.
A source insisted the interview with Oprah played no part in any of the official decisions.
In a statement, the palace said: “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.”
Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, will still retain the right to call themselves the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Harry remains sixth in line to the throne.
All of the patronages stripped from the couple yesterday were for national or international organisations in which they were representing the monarch.
In a bizarre anomaly, Harry is currently one of four counsellors of state to the Queen, along with Charles, William and Prince Andrew, who has stepped away from official duties.
Two of the group are needed to stand in for the Queen to sign official papers and legislation if she is abroad or incapacitated by illness.
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The Royals together on the Buckingham Palace balcony
ANALYSIS by Phil Dampier, royal author
The announcement that Harry and Meghan will not be returning as working members of the Royal Family was inevitable.
All doubts about a half-in relationship vanished with their Netflix and Spotify deals, followed by news of the interview with chat show queen Oprah Winfrey.
If their statement is anything to go by, Harry and Meghan will use the “Fright of the Oprah” as another opportunity to justify “Megxit”.
And deep down I think Harry wants to justify his actions to himself because he probably feels some pangs of guilt.
Just remember what the couple said in their engagement interview in November 2017.
Meghan said “his family has been so welcoming” and “The Queen’s an
The whole nation welcomed Meghan. But soon the couple seized on a few racist remarks, mainly on social media, and blamed the mainstream press for hounding them out.
Prince Charles met with the Queen before the decision
I now wonder whether Meghan’s heart was ever in being a working royal.
She split with her first husband after landing a role in Suits in Canada. She has fallen out with her father and half-siblings.
By saying it was not possible for the couple to carry on with duties that come with a life of public service, the Queen was subtly pointing out her own selfless decades at the coal face.
Sadly, Harry and Meghan couldn’t resist a dig back, and by saying “We can all live a life of service – service is universal” they were belittling the work of the Royal Family.
There’s no doubt they are suffering from delusions of grandeur and, although they may be popular among woke young in California, their ratings have plummeted globally.
At 94 the Queen needed the younger royals to support her, not walk out to do deals.