Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may have permanently given up their spot in the royal family, but the former will maintain his title as a prince.
"Yes they have lost their patronages — most people would say that is expected — he remains a prince," royal expert Katie Nicholl insisted while on BBC News. "He was born a prince, that is his birth right. No one can take that away from him."
The couple (who will also retain the title as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex) had stepped down from their roles in the royal family last March, but they were expected to chat with Queen Elizabeth II about the possibility of rejoining the family — and Harry regaining his role within the military — on the one-year anniversary of their departure.
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However, the Palace announced on February 19 that a decision had already been made.
"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," the message 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."
Harry was forced to give up his involvement 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.
After the news broke, Harry and Meghan released their own official statement.
"As evidenced by their work over the past year, 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," their letter read. "We can all live a life of service. Service is universal."