Meghan Markle and Prince Harry quit royals for good and have titles stripped

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will not be returning as working members of The Royal Family, Buckingham Palace has said.

They have confirmed their decision to the Queen.

The couple will be stripped of their military titles and Royal patronages, which will be redistributed among working members of The Royal Family.

They quit as senior working royals in March 2020 to earn their own money in the US, where they have signed deals with Spotify and Netflix estimated to be worth more than £100million.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement that “all are saddened by their decision”.

But the Duke and Duchess of Sussex “remain much loved members of the family”, it added.

The announcement comes a year after the couple decided to step away as working members of The Firm, which was dubbed 'Megxit'.

A 12-month review was agreed, with the decision now made following conversations between Prince Harry and members of The Royal Family.

It means he will be stepping down from his role as patron of the Rugby Football Union, along with losing other titles.

The Palace said: “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.

“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.

“While all are saddened by their decision, The Duke and Duchess remain much loved members of the family.”

A spokesman for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex said: “As evidenced by their work over the past year, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex remain committed to their duty and service to the UK and around the world, and have offered their continued support to the organisations they have represented regardless of official role.

“We can all live a life of service. Service is universal.”

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