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Harry and Meghan won’t return as working members of royal family

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle won’t return to the royal family. Here’s what that means

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Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

In this Saturday March 7, 2020, file photo, Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at the Royal Albert Hall in London, to attend the Mountbatten Festival of Music.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry won’t return to the royal family as working members anytime soon, BBC News reports.

What’s going on?

Buckingham Palace said Friday that Harry and Meghan — the Duke and Duchess of Sussex — will not “continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service,” according to BBC News.

  • The couple “remain much-loved members of the family.”
  • “Following conversations with The Duke, The Queen has written confirming that in stepping away from the work of The Royal Family it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service,” the palace said in a statement, per The Washington Post.

A spokesperson for the couple said in a statement (via Sky News): “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 organisations they have represented regardless of official role. We can all live a life of service. Service is universal.”

Stepping away

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced in January 2020 that they would step back as senior members of the royal family, according to the Deseret News.

  • The couple said at the time that they would split their time between the United Kingdom and North America.

More recently, Meghan Markle Prince Harry announced they would be having a second child, according to The New York Times.

  • “We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother,” a spokesperson for the couple told Reuters.