MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry have officially been stripped of their honorary titles and patronages as they confirmed they won’t be returning as senior royals.
The decision comes after a 12-month Megxit review, with BBC’s Nicholas Witchel suggesting Meghan and Harry are 'thumbing their noses at the Queen’ by quitting royal life.'
Now based in the US, the couple have decided not to return to the UK with Buckingham Palaces admitting in a statement today that the monarch was ‘saddened’ by the decision.
The BBC's royal correspondent appeared on BBC News to discuss thestatements put out by both Harry and Meghan and the Palace.
He said: "There's almost an unspoken sentence which doesn't appear in the statement after that, 'a life of public service like I have led, like my husband has led at the age of nearly 100, like the rest of your family continue to lead, but which you have decided to opt out of.'"
He continued: "Of course they're saddened as the statement says, they're deeply disappointed I think that this is how matters have turned out.
"And then the Sussex' statement, which concludes with these couple of phrases, 'We can all live a life of service. Service is universal.'
"Isn't there a sense there of thumbing their noses…'Don't tell us how to lead our lives'…So I think on both sides, Harry I think will now perhaps finally realise the implications of the decision that they have taken."
The statement from Prince Harry and Meghan 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.
"We can all live a life of service. Service is universal."
And in response, the Palace let out a statement saying: "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."
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