Buckingham Palace revealed Friday that Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, had told Queen Elizabeth that they would not be returning as working members of the British royal family.
The Queen said she was “saddened by their decision,” but strongly stated that the new life of the Sussexes in America meant that they could not perform the “public service life” that senior royals wanted.
The Queen has confirmed, “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 statement states.
A statement was released by a spokesperson for Harry and Meghan approximately three minutes later at 12.04 pm, sent to their trusted media allies, such as royal biographer Omid Scobie.
On Friday, a spokesperson for the pair said that 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 organizations they have represented regardless of official role.”
The Rugby Football Union, shortly after the announcement, announced that Harry would step down from his role as a patron.
The announcement comes just days after the pair reveal their second child.