Prince Harry and his wife Megan have finally broken up with the British royal family – they have informed Queen Elizabeth that they will not return as working members, Buckingham Palace said, quoted by Reuters.
Harry and Megan shocked the monarchy in January last year, suddenly announcing that they were separating from their family and looking for their future in America. They made the announcement without consulting Buckingham, which led to tension with the institution and after heart attack negotiations, a one-year transition period was agreed.
This division has already been formalized after discussions with Queen Elizabeth, 94: the couple will lose their honorary military appointments and patronage, which will return to the queen and will be distributed among the other members of the family.
“Although everyone is saddened by this decision, the duke and duchess remain much-loved members of the family,” the palace said.
The decision for such a division is an abdication from the royal family, whose senior members, such as the Queen, have long given priority to their duties and service over personal desires.
“The queen confirmed in writing that by retiring from the work of the royal family, it is not possible for them to continue to fulfill the responsibilities and obligations arising from life in the service of society,” the palace said.
As part of last year’s deal, the couple resigned, but had to agree not to use the word “royal” in their branding, as well as their “royal highness” titles.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex remain committed to their duty and service in the United Kingdom and around the world and have offered their continued support to the organizations they have represented, regardless of their official role,” Harry and Megan said in a statement.
Harry, 36, and Megan, 39, moved in with his son Archie in Southern California to live a more independent life and escape the British media. They announced on Sunday that they were expecting their second child.
Harry is the second son of Prince Charles, heir to the throne, and his first wife, Diana, who died in a car crash in Paris in 1997, haunted by paparazzi.