It’s only been 11 months since “Megxit” was announced, but the royal family didn’t wait for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to complete a year-long review of a transition to life outside of “The Firm”.
The official announcement was not expected until March, but Buckingham Palace on Friday confirmed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have officially ended their roles as senior members of the British royal family. The statement also shows that the discussions were only between Prince Harry and his family, with Meghan Markle largely staying out of the conversation.
The statement read: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have confirmed to Her Majesty the Queen that they will not return as working members of the royal family.”
The next paragraph confirms that it was mainly Prince Harry who spoke to his family about completing the “Megxit”.
“After discussions with the Duke, the Queen confirmed in writing that it is not possible to continue the responsibilities and duties associated with a life in public service by withdrawing from the work of the royal family. The honorary military appointments and royal patronage of the Duke and Duchess will therefore be returned to Her Majesty before being redistributed among the working members of the royal family. “
The statement concluded: “Although everyone is sad about their decision, the Duke and Duchess remain very beloved family members.”
The 12-month review of Harry and Meghan’s decision to step down as members of the royal family began in March 2020. Talks moved forward with many believing Harry wanted to get the conversation out of the way before telling Oprah Winfrey anything about it aired in March.
The interview is expected to dishevel some feathers within the family. Meghan and Harry reportedly allow Oprah to conduct an unreserved interview that includes details of their decision to step down from their roles as royals. It remains to be seen how the interview will affect Harry and Meghan’s relationship with the other royals.