Henry of England and Meghan Markle have decided to permanently cut ties with the British royal family. This has been announced through a statement released by Buckingham Palace in which it is explained that the grandson of Elizabeth II and his wife have transferred their decision to the sovereign.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have confirmed Your Majesty that they will not be incorporated as active members of the royal family again ”, says the text of the palace, that in an unusual way has also expressed the sentiments of the royal family. "Although everyone is very saddened by this decision, the Duke and Duchess are still very dear members of the family." Elizabeth II, when her grandson announced her desire to leave a year ago, let him know that she had the doors open to return if she changed her mind.
The statement also explains that “honorary military appointments and royal patronages of the dukes they will be returned to Her Majesty ”, and that she will“ redistribute them among the active members of the royal family ”. As stated in the text, the final decision not to return has been made "after talks between the Duke of Sussex and members of the British royal family." Thus, Henry of England will lose the honor of being patron of the Royal Navy, a Commonwealth fund, the Rugby Union, the Rugby league, the National Theater Association and the Association of Commonwealth Universities, among others.
A year has passed since the Sussexes parted ways with the royal family. They announced their wish in January 2020 and their last official act took place on March 9 . Initially they settled in Canada to settle later in Los Angeles, where they bought a house in Montecito (Santa Barbara, California). They live there with their son Archie, who turns two in May, and await the arrival of the second.
An indication that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had decided not to be active members of the royal family again could be sensed when last Sunday They announced independently and without the palace that they were waiting for the arrival of their second son . Also when they announced Tuesday that they would be giving a 90-minute television interview with Oprah Winfrey . The show will air on March 7, in two installments on CBS . The first part will be a personal interview with Markle and the other with the son of Prince Charles. The decision to grant this interview is being highly criticized in the British tabloids.
Among the millionaire projects that the dukes have developed in recent months are two contracts with both the Netflix video platform and the Spotify audio platform , two giants of the world sector from the media right now. In September they signed the contract with Netflix, with which they promised to " create content that informs but also gives hope." "As new parents," they stated, "doing aspirational family programs is very important to us." It is estimated that the deal can reach 100 million euros.
Just three months later they signed with Spotify, with whom they committed to podcasting . In fact, on her first show, which was a Christmas special, her son Archie appeared by surprise . In this case, the contract with the Swedish audio platform could exceed 33 million euros. In addition, they have created a foundation called Archewell through which they will channel their philanthropic work and to which they are still providing content.
Another of the couple's workhorses is the fight against the alleged falsehoods that the press publishes about them . Just a week ago Markle won her first fight against The Daily Mail , which had published a private letter that the Duchess had sent to her father, Thomas, days before their royal wedding. Judge Mark Warby, in charge of the case, affirmed that the publication of such articles where the letter was exhibited violated the privacy of Meghan Markle. In addition, the couple has another half a dozen open cases against paparazzi and the media.