Prince Harry and Meghan Markle aren’t pleased with the terms of their exit as senior members of the royal family, and their response has upset some of Harry’s family members. Last week, Buckingham Palace announced that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had officially stepped down as working members of the royal family after the year-long trial period. In doing so, the Palace shared that the couple would be losing their royal patronages and Harry his honorary military titles.
“I think Harry was both surprised and very disappointed to have had all of his military titles and the royal patronages taken away from him,” royal expert Katie Nicholl tells ET. “This was the end result after many days of discussion, and my understanding of the Sussexes’ camp is that both the couple were hoping they would be able to retain those royal patronages. Behind the scenes, they tried very hard to convince Palace courtiers that even though they are living private lives out of the royal family that they are still committed philanthropists, who remained committed to the charities and the patronages that they’ve represented for the past couple of years.”
Shortly following Buckingham Palace’s statement, the couple released a statement of their own, seemingly contradicting the word of Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, and noting that they planned to continue working with the charities they’d been supporting in their official duties.
“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 organizations they have represented regardless of official role” a spokesperson for the duke and duchess said in a statement.
According to Nicholl, this statement did not sit well with Harry’s older brother, Prince William.
“He feels that this statement that the Sussexes put out just moments after Buckingham Palace made the announcement was disrespectful,” Nicholl says of William. “Certainly, the feeling at the Palace is that the tone of the email was disrespectful to the monarch. It’s very unusual to hear anyone answer back to the queen, which is essentially, I suppose, what the Sussexes did in that responsive email.”
Following the Meghan and Harry’s statement, several of their royal patronages, including The Invictus Games, Smart Works, and Mayhew, also publicly announced that they plan to continue working with the couple.
The response also comes at a difficult time for the queen, whose husband, Prince Philip, remains in the hospital.
“I think also the fact that the queen is very preoccupied at the moment with her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, unwell in hospital, suddenly Prince William was feeling very protective,” Nicholl adds.
The 99-year-old royal has been hospitalized for the past week at the request of his doctor.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex seemingly contradicted Queen Elizabeth amid news of their royal exit.
Katie Nichols is a hack for MM and H! Yes, it was disrespectful to leave the Royal family after the taxpayers picked up the bill for the wedding and offered them titles. The gruesome twosome had planned this along to leave the BRF and shove it up their keister!
They lost their patronages and honorary titles! You can’t live in another country and claim you want to be a US citizen and run for political office. That’s just insane! MM signed up to marry and work for the BRF. There are no do-overs. MM knew what she was getting into! Hit them where it hurts! Take away the duke and duchess; they don’t need them to be American citizens.
How in the hell does Katie Nichols know what William is thinking? Nobody knows what the Queen is thinking, ever! Don’t believe the hype these people print. CLICKBAIT!
How can I feel sorry for them when they have been oppositional defiant since day one. I told everyone what MM planned and the people connected to her.
So here we are, the big showdown, Harry may go along with this, but eventually, he is going to turn on his lame wife and leave her. It’s all part of the plan to bring the monarchy to its knees. Well, I got news for you, that’s like attacking the whole of England! Even Republicans are saying, hey, wait a second! We are going to circle the wagons and bring Oprah and MM to their knees, not the other way around.
If by chance that Prince Philip dies, Harry will be the most hated man in the world.
Thank you, Anon for your submittal!
PS: If this goes south and it will she will beat on him like a drum!