Table of Contents
- WHAT A WEEK THE SUSSEXES ARE HAVING
- NEW BABY NAME ODDS GET A ROYAL SHAKE UP
- INVICTUS GAMES PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR PRINCE
- HARRY LOST LONDON MARATHON CHARITABLE TRUST PATRONAGE
- WHAT DO HARRY AND MEGHAN KEEP?
- “NO QUESTION” HARRY AND MEG WANTED TO KEEP TITLES
- THE NATIONAL THEATRE STATEMENT
- QUEEN’S COMMONWEALTH TRUST STATEMENT
- THE HARRY EFFECT
- HOW DID MEGXIT START?
- “TENSE DISCUSSIONS” LED TO EXIT
- ENGLAND RUGBY REACT TO HARRY STEPPING DOWN
MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry have told the Queen they will never return as working royals, it emerged today.
Buckingham Palace today confirmed the news of Meghan and Harry’s departure from the royal fold in a statement this morning.
The Palace also confirmed Harry has been stripped of his military titles.
“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,” the wrote.
“While all are saddened by their decision, The Duke and Duchess remain much loved members of the family,” the royal announcement concluded.
Shortly after news from the Palace broke, Harry and Meghan out put out their own statement.
“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,” they added.
The news comes as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will sit down with the chat show queen in a 90-minute interview to be broadcast next month – with pals of Oprah suggesting “nothing will be off-limits”.
And one source told the Mail the Oprah interview would give the couple the chance to “get whatever it is they want to say off their chests and move on”.
Follow our Harry and Meghan live blog below for the very latest news and gossip about the royal couple…
MEGHAN’S CO-STAR PATRICK J. ADAMS OPENS UP ABOUT THEIR ‘CLOSE RELATIONSHIP’
Before she married into the Royal Family, Meghan Markle was best known for her role as paralegal Rachel Zane in the hit US legal drama Suits.
Rachel’s love interest in the show Mike was played by Patrick J. Adams – who attended the Royal Wedding in April 2018 with his wife Troian Bellisario.
Discussing his relationship with Meghan, Patrick told the Hollywood Reporter in 2018: “In some ways, Meghan and I were the closest because we were the youngest people in the cast and both came in with the least experience.
“We grew up together over the course of the show.”
MEG AND HARRY ‘THUMBING THEIR NOSE AT THE QUEEN’
BBC’s royal correspondent Nicholas Witchel appeared on BBC News to discuss the the announcement made today about Harry and Meghan not returning to royal life.
He said: “There’s almost an unspoken sentence which doesn’t appear in the statement after that, ‘a life of public service like I have led, like my husband has led at the age of nearly 100, like the rest of your family continue to lead, but which you have decided to opt out of.'”
He continued: “Of course they’re saddened as the statement says, they’re deeply disappointed I think that this is how matters have turned out.
“And then the Sussex’ statement, which concludes with these couple of phrases, ‘We can all live a life of service. Service is universal.’
“Isn’t there a sense there of thumbing their noses…’Don’t tell us how to lead our lives’…So I think on both sides, Harry I think will now perhaps finally realise the implications of the decision that they have taken.”
‘WE CAN ALL LIVE A LIFE OF SERVICE’
A spokesperson for the couple 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.”
THIS IS THE £19 PRODUCT MEG USES TO LOOK MORE AWAKE
The duchess has opted for a nude-tone of eye pencil instead of her trademark dark eyeliner, make-up expert Francesca Abrahamovitch told the Daily Mail.
And Charlotte Tilbury sells the perfect one for just £19.
And she’s been applying it just below her lower waterline, which can make anyone look like they’ve had a full eight hours sleep (sounds like magic to us).
Francesca said: “If you still want smoulder, smudge your dark pencil below it.
“As long as you steer clear of that all-important waterline, you’ll maintain the eye-brightening illusion.”
MEGHAN ‘DISAPPOINTED TO LOSE PATRONAGES’ AND THOUGHT THEY COULD ‘QUIT ROYAL LIFE BUT KEEP THEM’
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were officially stripped of their royal patronages today, with Her Majesty said to be “saddened” by the move.
Buckingham Palace confirmed the couple will no longer hold their formal positions with a range of military, arts, Commonwealth and sporting organisations.
But the decision is said to have come as a bitter blow to Harry and Meghan who, despite wanting to remain in the US for personal and financial freedom, believed they could still represent the public-facing bodies.
A royal source told the PA news agency they had “absolutely, no question” they wanted to retain the positions they had lost.
“They do respect the decision but they always made clear they were committed to doing the roles,” the source added.
MEGHAN MARKLE HAD TO ‘REINVENT HERSELF’ BEFORE MARRYING INTO ROYAL FAMILY
Before she married into the Royal Family, Meghan Markle was most famous for her role in Suits.
Speaking ahead of the Royal Family in 2018, royal expert Victoria Murphy claimed the former actress would have to “reinvent herself”.
The expert said: “She has had a long time to have an independent life to forge her own opinions, and she has very much made a career of promoting herself – of putting herself forward.
“She had an Instagram account, and she’s been very open and outspoken about a lot of things. And these are things that are going to have to change.”
“It does feel like a need for a bit of reinvention really, she is really kind of parking what she’s done before and moving herself into her new role.”
WHAT A WEEK THE SUSSEXES ARE HAVING
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are shaping up to have quite the eventful week.
On February 15, the couple announced they were expecting their second child by sharing adorable photographs of Meghan cradling her bump while resting her head on Harry.
Today, Buckingham Palace officially announced the departure of the Duke and Duchess. Both of the pair have lost their Royal patronages as a result.
NEW BABY NAME ODDS GET A ROYAL SHAKE UP
Odds on the name of Meghan and Harry’s second change have seen a major reshuffle in recent days – with new entrant Allegra swooping straight into third place.
The unusual new entry comes in at 11/1 and is third favourite.
Kamala has been slashed from 100/1 into 16/1 joint fifth favourite in the past two days with Betfair after a flurry of bets.
Arthur & Diana are still the 10/1 joint favourites, with Thomas, Albert, and Isabella all close behind at 12/1.
Betfair spokesperson Sam Rosbottom said: “Whether the couple will veer away from traditional names and take inspiration from the new US Vice-President Kamala Harris remains to be seen – but after they chose Archie for their firstborn, a name that wasn’t even on our list, anything is possible.”
INVICTUS GAMES PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR PRINCE
Prince Harry’s creation, The Invictus Games, released a statement proudly confirming he would remain its patron.
As it is not a royal role, he was able to keep hold of this title.
The statement read, “We are proud to have The Duke of Sussex as our Patron.
“The Invictus Games was founded by him, it has been built on his ideas and he remains fully committed to both the Games and to the Invictus Games Foundation.”
HARRY LOST LONDON MARATHON CHARITABLE TRUST PATRONAGE
Prince Harry is no longer a patron of the London Marathon Charitable Trust.
He held the position was for nine years and renewed the mandatory three-year term twice.
After it came to an end in January, the decision was made not to renew the patronage.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle “crossed a red line” deciding to leave the Royal family, forcing the Queen to”protect the royal family and avoid it being tainted,” an expert has claimed.
Angela Levin said: “The Queen as we know is devoted to her duty and to her country – she loves her children and being a grandmother.
“But in the end, her sense of duty is more important than grandchildren or children or great-grandchildren. I’m not in the least surprised. I think there’s been a lot of rumours that the Queen would do this.”
Levin claimed Harry and Meghan’s “increasingly escapist” tendencies raised concerns at the Palace.
“She wants to keep them close as a family, but they cannot push their luck too far.”
WHAT DO HARRY AND MEGHAN KEEP?
Prince Harry still retains the private patronages or presidencies for charities including African Parks, Dolen Cymru, the Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund, Invictus Games, MapAction, Rhino Conservation Botswana charity, Sentebale, and WellChild.
Meghan keeps hold of her two private patronages, Smart Works and the animal charity Mayhew.
It is not clear who will be gifted their previous titles.
“NO QUESTION” HARRY AND MEG WANTED TO KEEP TITLES
Prince Harry and Meghan “absolutely” wanted to keep their former titles and there was “no question” otherwise, a source told PA.
“They do respect the decision but they always made clear they were committed to doing the roles,” the source said.
The couple has, “offered their continued support to the organisations they have represented regardless of official role,” the Sussexes spokesperson said.
THE NATIONAL THEATRE STATEMENT
One of Meghan’s former patronages, The National Theatre, thanked her for “championing” its work with communities and young people across the UK.
It tweeted “The National Theatre is very grateful for the support offered by the Duchess of Sussex throughout the course of her patronage.
“The duchess championed our work with communities and young people across the UK, and our mission to make theatre accessible to all.
“As Buckingham Palace have stated, the process of appointing a new patron is ongoing and will be announced in due course.”
QUEEN’S COMMONWEALTH TRUST STATEMENT
The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust – only founded in 2018 – of which the duke and duchess were president and vice-president respectively said it was “lucky” to have had their support.
The trust said in a statement: “The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust exists to support young people around the world who are delivering practical help to those who need it most.
“We have been very lucky to have had the keen support and encouragement of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in our formative years.
“They have enabled us to make fast progress and have helped us to take the organisation to readiness for its next phase.
“We are glad that they remain in our circle of supporters.”
It added: “Our focus, as always, is on the young people we work alongside. We will be pressing on with vigour to help them reach even more people with the essential services they provide.”
THE HARRY EFFECT
What is it about Prince Harry that makes women swoon? His boldness? His eloquent accent? Well it turns out it might be his infamous ginger locks.
A study found 30% of women are most attracted to men with red hair, which could be the reason Harry is such an eligible suitor.
VeraClinic surveyed 1500 Brits to find out if hair colour has an impact has an affect on what romantic partner you choose by asking the participants the colour of their significant others hair.
Overall, 57% of couples have the same hair colour, indicating an individual is more likely to be attracted to/attract someone of a similar hair colour.
The research also found 45% of men are most attracted to women with blonde hair, 58% of couples have the same hair colour, and that 27% of couples both have brown hair, making it the most common couple hair combinations.
‘THIS SHOULD COME AS NO SURPRISE’
Royal commentator Dickie Arbiter has said the news of Meghan and Harry’s confirmed departure and loss of title “should come as no surprise”.
He tweeted: “In a Buckingham Palace has confirmed The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will not be returning to Royal duties.
“Honorary and military royal appointments will be returned to The Queen.
“This should come as no surprise.”
STRIPPED OF TITLES
Meghan and Harry have been stripped of their honorary titles and won’t return to Royal duties.
The palace confirmed the couple would lose their patronages, with Harry being stripped of his honorary military titles as part of the agreement.
However, they will still be known as Duke and Duchess of Sussex after being given the titles as a wedding gift at their 2018 nuptials at Windsor Castle.
MEGHAN AND HARRY FANS REACT TO THEIR OFFICIAL EXIT
One said on Twitter: “Live your lives as best suits you as a family.”
Another posted: “Have the Royal Family not learned from past mistakes?
“The treatment of Harry and Meghan by Her Majesty and family has been nothing short of appalling!”
QUEEN ‘SADDENED’ BY MEGXIT
But they remain “much loved” by the Royal Family.
In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: “While all are saddened by their decision, The Duke and Duchess remain much loved members of the family.”
COUPLE WARNED ABOUT ENTERING OPRAH’S “LAIR”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been warned of the “Oprah effect” that could diminish their royal standing.
Ahead of the highly-anticipated interview, Meghan and Harry have been forewarned about picking “tacky” Hollywood over established Royal titles that their children can later gain.
Jonathan Gabay, a marketing expert, believes the pair have left their UK lives for good in exchange for “an LA zip code”.
He said entering Oprah’s “lair” for the interview was a “pretty risky” decision, especially due to the “wide ranging” and “intimate” topics.
“You can’t have Royal titles and at the same time be someone who features on merchandise being sold in Hollywood, which is a pretty tacky place if you walk around and look at the shops,” Gabay said.
Distance also appeared to be growing between Harry and William, as the Duke of Sussex told ITV they were “certainly on different paths at the moment.”
Harry and Meghan then launched a legal battle against The Mail on Sunday and Associated Newspapers, its parent company, in October 2019 after the publication shared a private letter sent by Meghan to her father.
Harry feared “history (was) repeating itself”, in reference to how his late mother Diana was hounded by the media. He wrote in a statement, “There comes a point when the only thing to do is to stand up to this behavior, because it destroys people and destroys lives.”
The couple then announced they planned to leave the royal family behind from 2020, explaining in a statement they intended to “step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen.”
They did so in March 2020 and were granted a one-year grace period to determine how Megxit could work.
HOW DID MEGXIT START?
As soon as Meghan and Harry were confirmed to be dating, the Suits actress was thrust under the harsh media spotlight.
Meghan has received an unprecedented amount of abuse since starting her relationship, that peaked around the time of her 2018 wedding after constant scandals involving her father, Thomas Markle.
They began forging an individual path before son Archie’s birth, by moving out of Kensington Palace to Frogmore Cottage. They then intended to split their household from Wills and Kate in March 2019, with individual communications staff and seperate social media accounts.
Meghan’s media troubles continued with reports of infighting with her in-laws. During their royal tour of Africa in 2019, Meghan spoke about the intense criticism during an ITV documentary.
“I never thought that this would be easy, but I thought it would be fair, and that’s the part that’s really hard to reconcile. So it’s, yeah, it’s been complicated.” She told how she had earlier dismissed friends’ claims that the British tabloids would “destroy” her life.
“TENSE DISCUSSIONS” LED TO EXIT
Prince Harry and Meghan’s exit from the Royal family is the result of “tense discussions” between The Duke of Sussex and Members of The Royal Family, a royal expert has claimed.
Sky’s Rhiannon Mills, believes the outcome is due to tough conversations between the family.
She also thinks the Sussexes “don’t sound happy” in their latest statement.
ENGLAND RUGBY REACT TO HARRY STEPPING DOWN
The official account for England Rugby tweeted shortly after the announcement: “Prince Harry will be stepping down from his role as RFU Patron. We would like to thank Prince Harry for his time and commitment to the RFU both in his position as Patron and Vice Patron.
“The RFU has greatly valued his contribution to promoting and supporting the game.”
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