Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle have announced that they will not return to their official duties as members of the royal family. This is reported on the website of Buckingham Palace on Friday, February 19.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have confirmed to Her Majesty the Queen that they will not return as working members of the royal family,” the statement noted.
The decision was made after a conversation between the Duke of Sussex and members of the royal family.
In this regard, Prince Harry and his wife will no longer be able to remain patrons of a number of sports, military and charitable organizations, as well as British educational institutions. These roles will be redistributed among other members of the royal family.
Working members of the royal family are those who perform official duties and receive funding for this from a sovereign grant from the British government. Funds are provided for the royal family’s official expenses, attendants’ salaries and palace maintenance.
“While we are all saddened by their decision, the Duke and Duchess remain very much beloved members of the family,” the palace added.
Earlier, on Feb. 15, the Daily Mail, citing sources at Buckingham Palace, reported that Prince Harry and his wife would have to say goodbye to their remaining royal privileges because they agreed to a candid interview with American TV host Oprah Winfrey. It will air on CBS Primetime on March 7. According to the media, the couple will comment for the first time on their decision to leave the royal family and talk about moving to the United States.
Last January, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said they wanted to give up their duties as senior members of the royal family and gain financial independence from Buckingham Palace. After much discussion, they were granted this right, despite the disappointment of Queen Elizabeth II.