Prince Harry heartbreak: Expert explains why Duke’s royal duty losses were ‘always coming’

Prince Harry losing patronages was 'always coming' says expert

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may end up losing the rest of their royal patronages, according to reports. This comes amid the announcement that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be interviewed by US talkshow legend Oprah Winfrey in a 90-minute special to air in March. ITV Lorraine’s Royal Editor Russell Myers explained why the interview was not necessarily the cause behind the Queen potentially stripping the pair of their honours.

He told viewers: “Well I think it was always coming.

“Reading between the lines, the Queen did say to them when they left, ‘listen, you can’t have one foot in and one foot out’.

“Certainly that belies to all the jobs that you would have within the firm itself.

“Now Harry is going to be stripped of his honorary military titles that he so loves.”

Mr Myers continued: “That includes Captain-General of the Royal Marines.

“Meghan was made the National Theatre patron, which the Queen had held for over 45 years.

“So I’m sure there’s a lot of people within those charities and organisations that will be really sad to see them go.

“They really rely on those associations with the royals.”

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The Duke’s other official military appointments include Honorary Air Force Commandant to the RAF and Honorary Commodore-in-Chief of the Royal Naval.

He had already had to give those up because of the exit, although it was suggested that they may be returned at the spring review.

However, with the reports of a clean break, Harry could also have his patronages of the Rugby Football Union, Rugby Football League and London Marathon stripped as well.

For the Duchess this could include the Association of Commonwealth Universities, Mayhew and Smart Works.

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There is no confirmation from the Palace as of yet as they await the broadcast of the Oprah Winfrey talk on March 7.

According to US television channel CBS, the interview will cover “everything from stepping into life as a Royal, marriage, motherhood, philanthropic work to how she is handling life under intense public pressure”.

A statement from the network read: “Winfrey will speak with Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, in a wide-ranging interview.

“Later, the two are joined by Prince Harry as they speak about their move to the United States and their future hopes and dreams for their expanding family.”

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