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Prince Harry And Meghan: Sussexes Not Returning As Working Royals

The Duke of Sussex has lost his honorary ranks in the RAF and Navy, and is also returning his honorary military appointments to the Queen.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have told the Queen they will not return as "working members" of the Royal Family.

The honorary military appointments and royal patronages held by Prince Harry and Meghan are being returned to the Queen, and will be "redistributed among working members of the Royal Family", Buckingham Palace said.

"While all are saddened by their decision, the Duke and Duchess remain much-loved members of the family," the statement added.

The Sussexes decided to step back as working royals last January, agreeing to a review after 12 months.

The decision by the Sussexes to not return has been agreed after conversations with the Royal Family.

As a result, Prince Harry will be returning the following military titles to the Queen:

  • Captain General Royal Marines
  • Honorary Air Commandant, RAF Honington
  • Commodore-in-Chief, Small Ships and Diving, Royal Naval Command

He is also losing his honorary ranks of Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Navy and Squadron Leader in the Royal Air Force, promotions he received in June 2018.

The Duke does retain his rank of Major in the British Army, which was again awarded in June 2018.

Prince Harry & Meghan Markle 2017 Invictus Games
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made their first public appearance as a couple at the 2017 Toronto Invictus Games.

The associations of Queen's Commonwealth Trust, The Rugby Football Union, The Rugby Football League, The Royal National Theatre and The Association of Commonwealth Universities will also be returned to Her Majesty and reassigned to other members of the Royal Family.

A spokesperson for Harry and Meghan 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 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."

Prince Harry served for a decade in the British Army, leaving the military in 2015 at the rank of Captain.

The Duke of Sussex was appointed Captain General Royal Marines in December 2017, succeeding his grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, in the role.

Prince Harry is also the founder of the Invictus Games – the competition for injured, sick and wounded Armed Forces personnel and veterans – which he established in 2014, and will remain patron of the Invictus Games Foundation.

Following the Duke and Duchess' decision to not return as working royals, the foundation's CEO Dominic Reid said: "We are proud to have The Duke of Sussex as our patron."