Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are set to find out if they are to have their official royal roles revoked and soon.
Many insiders believe the couple will lose their royal patronages that were given to the couple by Queen Elizabeth. In addition, Harry is also expected to lose his honorary military appointments. And while there have yet to be any final decisions made despite the March 31 probation period — the choice may come sooner.
And while the couple no longer use their His/Her Highness titles, they are expected to retain them — along with their Duke and Duchess of Sussex titles.
It is believed that the couple will be asked to relinquish their royal patronages. For Harry, 36, that includes the Rugby Football Union, the Rugby Football League and the London Marathon. For Meghan, 39, it is the National Theatre.
Reports also indicate there is confusion over the President and Vice-President of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust and Meghan’s role as patron the Association of Commonwealth Universities. According to a close royal insider, whatever the final decision regarding his military and Commonwealth appointments: “Harry will always be a great ambassador for this country.”
Palace sources have also revealed the challenge of keeping the royal roles stems from the couple’s commercial relationships with Netflix and Spotify. And the Queen’s perspective is that members of the royal family can’t be “half in, half out” — i.e. representing the Queen and the U.K. while also pursuing personal financial goals. A source adds, “It was clear to her from the start that a hybrid role is not an option.”
Queen Elizabeth has also has had to balance her role as grandmother and great-grandmother amid the exit of the couple. In a rare moment, she released a statement supporting the family:
“My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family,” she said. “Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.”
An insider shared: “One thing about the Queen is she has to manage being grandmother but also how it affects the wider institution.”
And while Harry would be upset to lose his miltary titles — he would still have his Invictus Games Foundation, the Paralympic-style contests for service members which also incorporates the Endeavour Fund.
He also retains his personal charity Sentebale, which he set up with friend Prince Seeiso of Lesotho to help combat the HIV/AIDS pandemic in southern Africa.
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