The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have lost their royal patronages after telling the Queen they will not be returning as working members of the royal family.
A statement from Buckingham Palace said the Queen had told Prince Harry that by stepping away from the royal family he could not continue with “the duties that come with a life of public service”.
The couple, who are expecting their second child later this year, shocked the royal family by stepping back from their roles in March last year and moving to the United States with their bay son Archie.
The statement from Buckingham Palace said while “all are saddened” by their decision, the couple remained “much loved members of the family”.
“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,” the statement read.
“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.”
More to come.