Prince Harry and his American wife Meghan Markle have permanently quit British royal life. The announcement was made just over a year after the couple decided to “step back” from their royal roles, thus rocking the British monarchy. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were ordered by Queen Elizabeth II to relinquish their honorary titles and patronages.

“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 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,” said Buckingham Palace in a statement.

“While all are saddened by their decision, the Duke and Duchess remain much-loved members of the family,” the palace statement added. It should be noted that the couple’s honorary appointments and patronages would be redistributed among the working royal family members.

This means Harry, who served as a soldier in Afghanistan will relinquish several honorary military titles related to the Royal Marines, air force and navy. “This is going to upset Harry, obviously, particularly the military (losses),” Jennie Bond, a former royal correspondent for the BBC told the broadcaster.

Last year in an emergency meeting with the queen, father Prince Charles and brother Prince William, Harry agreed they would not use the “Sussex Royal”  and “Royal Highness” titles. However, the royal family decided to review the situation for a year before arriving at a permanent conclusion.


Harry and Meghan relocated to the United States last year. Since then, the couple has entered into several commercial ventures including those with streaming platforms Netflix and Spotify.

However, it seems Harry and Meghan will retain official titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Also, Harry continues to remain sixth in line to the throne.