The royal family is over for Harry and Meghan. In a statement published this Friday, February 19 by Buckingham Palace, Elizabeth II confirmed the departure of Prince Harry and his wife, who informed her of their final withdrawal. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have confirmed to Her Majesty that they will not become active members of the royal family again,” the statement said. “After a conversation with the Duke, the Queen confirmed to him that by leaving the royal family, it is no longer possible for him to continue to carry out the responsibilities and duties which demand a life of public service. (… ) Although everyone is sad at their decision, the Duke and Duchess remain much loved members of the royal family. “
It is therefore official, Prince Harry is no longer an active member of the British royal family. By leaving the monarchy, he will have to give up his three honorary military titles as well as his royal patronages, as confirmed by Queen Elizabeth II a few days ago. He will also be relieved of his responsibilities as Duke of Sussex, and will no longer carry out any activity on behalf of the royal family. But there is one event Prince Harry is going to have a hard time missing: the celebration of what would have been the sixtieth birthday of his mother, Princess Diana.
Prince Harry expected for Lady Diana’s 60th birthday
Next July, Prince Harry is expected at Kensington Palace for an event dedicated to his mother, Lady Diana. That same day, the Duke of Sussex is supposed to attend the unveiling of a statue of the Princess of Wales. An event in which his brother, Prince William will also participate, who is firmly awaiting his younger brother for what will be their first reunion since Harry’s departure from the monarchy.
But if it seems impossible that Prince Harry is absent subscribers on the day of the celebrations, more and more clues suggest that he could well fail his elder. First, the many restrictions linked to the Covid-19 pandemic could prevent the Duke from traveling to London. Then Harry now has many other priorities. On February 14, Harry and his wife Meghan Markle announced that they were expecting their second child. It is therefore possible that the Duke will choose to stay with the Duchess over the summer, especially as the latter has revealed that she suffered a miscarriage in the course of 2020. So, Prince Harry will he miss the event he cannot miss? Nothing is less sure.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex © Backgrid USA