While Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were to retain their last royal titles until March 31, Elizabeth II may take away what remains of them sooner than expected.
Their probationary period is coming to an end. March 31 will mark one year since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry left the British Royal Family. After careful consideration, the Sussex’s had decided to relinquish their senior membership and move to Los Angeles with their son Archie.
And while the Duchess is pregnant with her second child, she and her husband should soon lose their last official ties with the Windsor family: their royal patronage. While they were able to remain Duke and Duchess of Sussex even after their departure, they will soon lose the privilege of representing Elizabeth II in certain institutions under the patronage of the monarchy.
While they normally have until March 31 to renounce it, according to People, it would seem that Elizabeth II is giving them less time than expected, for reasons as yet unknown, although some suggest that she did not appreciate the couple preparing an explosive interview, given to Oprah Winfrey.
Thus, Prince Harry will have to be deprived of his three remaining honorary military titles and his patronage with the Rugby Football Union, the Rugby Football League and the London Marathon, while Meghan Markle will have to resign as patroness of the National Theatre, a title that the Queen herself awarded her in 2019 as a sign of support and affection.
Prince Harry overwhelmed by Elizabeth II’s decision
A decision that had been made when the couple had announced their departure from the royal family, but which Prince Harry had obviously wanted to change, having explained to Elizabeth II that his military commitments were “one of the most important things for him”.
“He’s beginning to understand that he’s not going to be able to have his cake and eat it too,” a source told The Times, which said the Duke was upset by the decision. “I’m sure it’s really painful for him. He’s upset to be in this situation, but they’ve made their choices. They have a lot of great projects that they will be able to carry out with everyone’s support.”