Meghan Markle and Harry 'at peace' with loss of roles says expert
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are “focusing on building their own empire” outside the Royal Family, according to commentators. This comes after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirmed to the Queen that they will not be returning as working royals. HeirPod host Omid Scobie and ABC News foreign correspondent Maggie Rulli discussed what the future holds for the couple.
Mr Scobie told listeners: “We had so much discussion over a year ago about that half-in half-out hybrid working model that Harry and Meghan put forward for what they hoped their new roles within the Firm to look like.
“It was made to them, very clear by the Queen and those around her that that would be untenable within the institution.
“I think Harry and Meghan have obviously very quickly made peace with that.
“They’ve really spent the past year focusing on building their own empire.”
He continued: “I don’t think for a second that anyone thought they would be turning back from that so suddenly.
“Or willing to make any adjustments to it because, quite frankly, it looks like it’s going really well.”
Ms Rulli agreed: “I think this is the way we all assumed it was heading.
“I think it’s also important to note that although they’ve given back many of their formal roles, they are still remaining with some of the ones that we’ve come to associate with them.”
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She added: “I know Prince Harry, in particular, will still have a large part to do with the Invictus Games.
“So just because they have given back some of the things that we know them for, they have tonnes of new things under this empire of theirs.
“And they’re going to continue working on some issues and organisations that have been important to them for years.”
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Harry will no longer be patron of The Rugby Football Union and The Rugby Football League.
He has also returned his honorary appointments in The Royal Marines, RAF Honington and Royal Navy Small Ships and Diving.
Meghan has given up her patronages of The Royal National Theatre and The Association of Commonwealth Universities.
The couple will no longer be president and vice-president of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.
However, private patronages such as Well Child and Mayhew will remain.
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