Despite being stripped of their royal patronages, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s former U.K. charities made it clear that there are no hard feelings as the couple embark on a new chapter in their lives.
After Buckingham Palace confirmed on Friday, February 19, that the couple — who moved to the U.S. in March 2020 — will no longer be returning to their royal roles, several of the patronages showed their support for the pair on social media.
"They enabled us to make fast progress and have helped us to take the organisation to readiness for its next phase," the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust posted on Twitter. "We are glad they remain in our circle of supporters."
Harry, 36, served as President of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust while Meghan, 39, served as Vice President.
The National Theatre, which was one of four patronages the Suits alum took on after she married Harry — wrote: "The National Theatre is very grateful for the support offered by The Duchess of Sussex throughout the course of her patronage. The Duchess championed our work with communities and young people across the UK, and our mission to make theatre accessible to all. As Buckingham Palace have stated, the process of appointing a new patron is ongoing and will be announced in due course."
Meanwhile, England Rugby shared photos of the red-headed prince, writing, “The Duke of Sussex became Vice Patron of the RFU in 2010, and took over as Patron in December 2016. We thank him for his support,” while the Rugby Football League said: “The Rugby Football League thanks The Duke of Sussex for his time, care and commitment in supporting Rugby League at all levels in recent years – from the children’s game to the Challenge Cup, the England teams and RLWC2021.”
Going forward, Harry will no longer be involved with The Royal Marines, RAF Honington and Royal Navy Small Ships and Diving.
The couple will also no longer be associated with the Queen's Commonwealth Trust, The Rugby Football Union, The Rugby Football League, The Royal National Theatre and The Association of Commonwealth Universities.
"While all are saddened by their decision, The Duke and Duchess remain much loved members of the family," Buckingham Palace concluded.
However, the pair will still keep their Duke and Duchess of Sussex titles.