Started months ago, the Megxit has come to an end since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are officially ex-members of the Crown. And discussions with Elizabeth II have not been appeased.
They are no longer members of the Crown. Many months after the announcement of the Megxit and their move to the United States, the Sussexes informed Elizabeth II that their decision was final. Archie’s parents, who will soon welcome his little brother or sister, have therefore given up their last royal titles.
“Following conversations with the Duke, the Queen has confirmed that by moving away from the work of the Royal Family, it is not possible for him to continue to assume the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement issued on Friday 19 February. A complicated decision for Elizabeth II, who has always adored her grandson, but a necessary one. Moreover, Her Majesty was very firm with the couple, to the point of using particularly harsh words.
Settled in the United States, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were not against the idea of remaining active members of the Crown, although secondary. They were able to continue their commercial activities, notably with Netflix and Spotify, through their Archewell Foundation. But the Queen was adamantly opposed to this.
“You work for the monarchy, the monarchy doesn’t work for you,” she allegedly replied to Prince William’s brother. And Sussex had no reason to be surprised by this refusal. “The direction has been clear for some time,” said our source. The Queen was very clear from the outset that this ‘half in, half out’ model demanded by Sussex would not work and did not deviate from that idea. Not once.”
Harry and Meghan remain beloved members of the Crown
Their idea was to have a ‘third way’ of being a member of the Crown. And the Queen simply said, ‘no, you can’t, he continued. In particular, Harry and Meghan wanted to retain their official roles in the military, arts, Commonwealth and sports organizations – which the couple values highly – but were told they would have to give up those positions after discussions with the Queen and members of the Royal Family.
They respect the decision, but they have always made it clear that they are committed to those roles,” the source added. Buckingham Palace said all were “saddened” by their decision to resign permanently from the royal family, but that they remained “very much loved members of the royal family. But former members.