Meghan Markle, 39, and Prince Harry, 36, each held a number of royal patronages as senior members of the monarchy. The important roles tied them to UK organisations and charities and some of them were passed to the couple directly from the Queen.
On Friday the Palace confirmed that a year on from their royal stepdown Meghan and Harry would have to return a number of their royal patronages and honorary titles to the Queen.
In Meghan’s case, these included her role as patron of The National Theatre and as patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
Prince Harry on the other hand will have to handback several ceremonial military titles.
These include the honorary roles of Captain-General Royal Marines, Honorary Air Commandant, RAF Honington Commodore-in-Chief, Small Ships and Diving, Royal Naval Command.
Meghan Markle and Harry patronages: Meghan will stay on as patron at Mayhew
The Duke will also step down as patron of both the Rugby Football League and the Rugby Football Union.
Prince Harry has more than a dozen patronages in total and following Friday’s announcement several of the organisations he is linked to spoke out to confirm the Duke will be staying on as a private patron.
The same has been the case for Meghan who will remain as a private patron to both dogs and cats charity Mayhew and Smartworks – an organisation that helps women back into work.
The Sussexes are able to maintain these UK charity ties because they will hold them in a private capacity and not as senior royals.
Meghan Markle and Harry patronages: Harry will still be patron of Wellchild
On Friday Mayhew tweeted: “We’re pleased to confirm that The Duchess of Sussex will remain our Patron.
“We want to thank The Duchess for all of her support, and look forward to continuing our work with her helping dogs, cats and communities in need.”
While SmartWorks issued a similar message, tweeting: “We are delighted to confirm that The Duchess of Sussex will remain a Patron of Smart Works.
“We are thankful for everything she has done in support of our clients and look forward to working together in the future.”
One of Prince Harry’s UK charities, WellChild which provides support for ill children, also confirmed the Duke would stay on as patron.
They tweeted: “We are delighted to confirm that The Duke of Sussex will continue as Patron of WellChild.
“He has always been a great supporter of ours and has made an important difference to the work we are able to do for families across the UK.
“We look forward to working with him in the future.”
The Invictus Games Foundation also confirmed Harry would stay on as its patron in a statement from its CEO Dominic Read.
The statement read: “We are proud to have The Duke of Sussex as our patron.
“The Invictus Games was founded by him, it has been built on his ideas and he remains fully committed to both the Games and to the Invictus Games Foundation.
“His military service and experience, combined with his genuine compassion and understanding for those who serve their countries has raised awareness of wounded, injured and sick service personnel and the role they continue to play in society.
“His work has had an extraordinary impact on the way in which disability, service, and mental health is viewed around the world. And he has been instrumental in changing the lives of many.”
Meghan Markle and Harry patronages: Harry will remain as patron of the Invictus Games Foundation
The Queen was due to review Meghan and Harry’s royal patronages in March but growing speculation prompted the Palace to bring the decision forward.
On Friday a Palace statement confirmed: “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 Sussex spokesman issued a reply on behalf of Meghan and Harry which read: “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.”
They added: “We can all live a life of service. Service is universal.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK