Prince Harry and Meghan Markle lose patronages as they permanently step down as working members of Royal family

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have confirmed they will not be returning as working members of the Royal family.

Harry, 36, and his wife Meghan, 39, stepped down as "senior" members of the Royal family last year, with a 12 month review being agreed.

They have now told The Queen that they will not be returning following the review.

A statement issued by the Royal family reads: "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 continues: "While all are saddened by their decision, The Duke and Duchess remain much loved members of the family."

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