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The Queen relinquishes Harry and Meghan of their honorary military appointments and Royal Patronages

Queen Elizabeth II

The Queen has formally relinquished the Duke and Duchess of Sussex of their honorary military appointments and Royal Patronages following their decision not to return to royal duties.

In a statement released by Buckingham Palace on Friday afternoon, a spokesperson said: “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.”

It is unclear which of the ever decreasing working members of The Royal Family will take over Harry and Meghan’s roles, with further news on their replacements to be revealed in the coming months.

The military, Commonwealth and Charitable associations which will revert to The Queen are: The Royal Marines, RAF Honington, Royal Navy Small Ships and Diving.

Patronages also being returned to the monarch are those of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, The Rugby Football Union, The Rugby Football League, The Royal National Theatre and The Association of Commonwealth Universities.

Harry and Meghan will be able to retain their private patronages such as WellChild and the Invictus Games.

The Duke and Duchess of Susses have informed The Queen that they will not be returning to royal duties as working members of The Royal Family.  

Conversations have been taking place between the couple and the monarch, with Harry and Meghan deciding to step away from the work of The Royal Family permanently.

The Royal Family say they are “disappointed” by the decision.