Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have officially separated from the royal family.
In a statement released Friday, Buckingham Palace said the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will officially not be returning to their royal roles after they previously left full-time royal work last March.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have confirmed to Her Majesty The Queen that they will not be returning as working members of The Royal Family,” it read.
“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 honorary military appointments and Royal patronages held by The Duke and Duchess will therefore be returned to Her Majesty, before being redistributed among working members of The Royal Family.”
The statement concluded, “While all are saddened by their decision, The Duke and Duchess remain much loved members of the family.”
Other trusts and patronages that will revert to the Queen include the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, the Rugby Football Union, the Rugby Football League, the Royal National Theatre, and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
While Harry and Meghan can also no longer use their His/Her Royal Highness titles, they will still be referred to as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
After the Queen released her statement, Harry and Meghan responded with their own messaging, saying the pair “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.”
In what appears to be a direct response to the Queen’s remark about them not continuing duties “that come with a life of public service,” Harry and Meghan added, “We can all live a life of service. Service is universal.”
Harry and Meghan — who welcomed son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in May 2019 and are currently expecting their second child — previously announced their exit from the royal family on January 8.
In that statement, they said they plan “to become financially independent” and “to balance [their] time between the United Kingdom and North America.”
Since this announcement, Markle — who, prior to marrying Harry, worked as an actress — narrated the 2020 Disney+ movie, “Elephant.”