Prince Harry And Meghan Just Made Another Big Decision About Their Roles In The Royal Family

In January 2020, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced they were stepping down as senior members of the royal family. The couple's reason for the drastic move included strain from the media spotlight, most notably that of the British tabloids' continual commentary on the Duchess' relationship with her father. In the so-called "Megxit" announcement on Instagram, the couple claimed to have made the decision "after many months of reflection and internal discussions." They also said they would "step back as 'senior' members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen."

At the time, Harry and Meghan planned to review their position a year later — and now the decision has been made: They will officially not be returning as working members of the royal family. This marks the end of an era, but the start of a new chapter, as Harry and Meghan also revealed they are expecting their second child

Keep scrolling to read Buckingham Palace's official statement and what the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's decision means for their titles and future.

Will Prince Harry and Meghan hold onto their royal titles?

On Feb. 19, 2021, Buckingham Palace confirmed the news about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's future in the royal family. "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 statement 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 statement continued. The two will not keep their "patronages," which will be "be returned to Her Majesty before being redistributed among working members of the royal family." As for their royal titles, People reports Harry and Meghan will "no longer use their coveted His/Her Highness titles," but will keep them "along with their Duke and Duchess of Sussex titles."

The Buckingham Palace announcement continued, "While all are saddened by their decision, The Duke and Duchess remain much loved members of the family." A spokesperson for the couple also released a statement, writing 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."