PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle have hit back at the Queen after being stripped of their Royal titles, insisting they can still “live a life of service”.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex today confirmed they would not be returning as working members of the Royal Family, leaving the Queen “saddened”.
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Meghan and Markle and Prince Harry appeared to hit back at the Queen today as they insisted “we can all live a life of service”Credit: AFP or licensors
Buckingham Palace announced at noon today that the couple would officially step down, confirming the Duke would be stripped of his military titles.
In a statement, the Palace wrote: “Following conversations with The Duke, 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.”
Just moments later, Harry and pregnant Meghan released a statement insisting “we can all live a life of service,” adding: “service is universal”.
The come-back statement from the couple’s official spokesperson 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.”
It comes after the Queen said the Royal Family was “saddened” by the decision but that the pair would always remain “much loved members” of the family.
Meghan and Harry today confirmed they would officially step down as senior royalsCredit: AFP or licensors
A statement from the Palace this afternoon read: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have confirmed to Her Majesty The Queen that they will not be returning as working members of The Royal Family.
“Following conversations with The Duke, 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.
“While all are saddened by their decision, The Duke and Duchess remain much loved members of the family.”
Meghan and Harry last year announced they were quitting as royals, saying they wanted to become financially independent.
Since then, they have moved to the US and signed a string of multi-million pound deals including a rumoured $112 million deal with Netflix.
They have also started their own foundation, Archewell, and launched a podcast series with Spotify believed to be worth £30m.
And they are next expected to sit down in a tell-all chat with Oprah Winfrey in an interview to be aired on CBS next month.
Today’s announcement – made 12 months after the couple stepped back from their roles as senior royals – was made after conversations between The Duke of Sussex and Members of The Royal Family, the palace said.
It means Harry will no longer hold his military titles including The Royal Marines, RAF Honington, Royal Navy Small Ships and Diving.
Meghan will also lose her patronages with The Royal National Theatre and The Association of Commonwealth Universities.