Prince Harry and Meghan Markle confirm to the Queen they won’t be returning to royal duties

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have confirmed that they will not be returning as working members of the royal family in a statement released by Buckingham Palace. 

Prince Harry and Meghan stepped back from royal duties last March and moved to the US with their one-year-old son Archie.

In a statement released on Friday, Buckingham 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.”

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It continued: “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.

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Harry and Meghan carried out their final royal duties last March

A spokesperson 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 U.K. 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.”

Harry and Meghan confirmed they’re expecting their second child with an announcement and a new photo released on Valentine’s Day.

The new royal baby will be eighth in line to the throne when he or she is born.

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