Meghan Markle latest news – Prince Harry and pregnant Duchess QUIT telling Queen they'll NEVER be back as working royals

MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry have told the Queen they will never return as working royals, it emerged today.

The news comes as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will sit down with the chat show queen in a 90-minute interview to be broadcast next month – with pals of Oprah suggesting "nothing will be off-limits".

It is believed the couple will use the interview to start a new chapter in their lives as the 12-month Megxit review is finalised.

And one source told the Mail the Oprah interview would give the couple the chance to "get whatever it is they want to say off their chests and move on".

News of the interview broke as Prince Philip was admitted to hospital after 'feeling unwell', and is now due to spend his third night at King Edward VII’s hospital.

Prince Harry is understood to be self-isolating in his LA mansion with Meghan Markle and baby Archie so he can race back to Britain if Prince Philip's condition worsens, it's reported.

The Duke of Sussex, 36, is sheltering from Covid at the couple's California home while his grandfather is in hospital so he can fly home, via private jet, at short notice if Philip deteriorates.

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    Others weren't so optimistic about the Sussexes new start.

    One posted:"A sad day. The Sussex family will remain out of my radar. Just wish the publicity channels would follow suit!!"

    One user chimed in, "Sad, but it's the right thing. They are pure Hollywood LA now."

    "This is so sad. The Queen must be disappointed beyond words," another said.

    "So sad that Her Majesty has to deal with this while her husband is in the hospital."

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    FANS REACT TO MEG AND HARRY'S OFFICIAL EXIT

    Fans have expressed their well wishes for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after @RoyalFamily tweeted the statement from Buckingham Palace regarding their official exit.

    One Twitter user wrote: "A clean break is best for everyone, it will help clear up that Harry & Meghan do not represent the BRF and the BRF do not represent Harry & Meghan. All in all, we knew this in March last year."

    "Wishing everyone all the best in their endeavours. This was expected, especially with them now living across the pond and with a growing family," another added.

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    BUCKINGHAM PALACE'S STATEMENT ON THE COUPLES DEPARTURE

    Buckingham Palace today confirmed the news of Meghan and Harry's departure in a statement.

    It read: "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.

    "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.

    "While all are saddened by their decision, The Duke and Duchess remain much loved members of the family."

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    AND THEY'RE OFF…

    Buckingham Palace today confirmed the news in a statement.

    They said: "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.

    "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.

    "While all are saddened by their decision, The Duke and Duchess remain much loved members of the family."

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    THE SUSSEXES HAVE SACKED OFF THE ROYAL FAMILY

    MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry have officially quit the Royal Family with the Duke stripped of his military titles, Buckingham Palace announced today.

    The Queen today said she was "saddened" after her grandson and the Duchess of Sussex today confirmed they would not be returning as working members of the Royal Family.

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    BREAKING NEWS – THEY'VE QUIT

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have officially quit the Royal Family.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex today confirmed they would not be returning as working members of the Royal Family.

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    HARRY COULD LOSE HIS MILITARY UNIFORMS

    Prince Harry could be banned from donning his military uniforms when he is stripped by his patronages by the Queen.

    The highly-anticipated announcement is expected to be brought forward by Buckingham Palace and is set to see him lose his beloved uniforms – although he would be permitted to wear his medals.

    Retired personnel are usually allowed to sport military dress for special appropriate occasions when strict procedures are put in place. Harry is still allowed to wear his due to his honorary titles that he is set to lose.

    The decision regarding his uniform will boil down to a conversation between the Ministry of Defence's ceremonial team and the Palace.

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    HARRY SHOULD HAVE WARNED QUEEN ABOUT OPRAH INTERVIEW, ROYAL EXPERT CLAIMS

    A royal expert has ripped into Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for not having the "common courtesy" to tell the Queen about their upcoming interview with Oprah.

    Russell Myers told chat show Lorraine, that although the couple had no obligation to inform the Queen of their plans, it would have been the correct course of action.

    'If you're going to set off a nuclear bomb like this, doing a huge interview which will no doubt garner attention across global networks, the decent thing to do would be to tell the Queen, tell your granny you're going to do it,' he said.  

    He said the interview, which he believes will "horrify" the Royals, was a "funny change of tact" since the Sussexes have long "complained about privacy and intense media scrutiny".

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    OPRAH CAN ASK COUPLE "ANYTHING SHE WANTS"

    Oprah can ask the Sussexes "anything she wants" during the "intimate" interview, it has been revealed.

    The talk show titan's best friend Gayle King discussed the highly-anticipated interview on CBS This Morning and hinted it will take place soon.

    "This is a big deal!" she said.

    "I know Oprah has been working on the questions all weekend long, I'm told that nothing is off-limits. She can ask anything she wants."

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    HARRY SENT RUGBY PLAYER POSITIVE MESSAGE AFTER HE ANNOUNCED HIV DIAGNOSIS

    Former rugby player Gareth Thomas has told of the encouraging messages he received from Prince Harry, Prince William and Jeremy Corbyn after he revealed he was HIV positive.

    He discussed his confidence journey on The Graham Norton Show, saying he "felt out of control" after his 2019 diagnosis, though he now "has control of the narrative" and has received a "wave of support".

    "The night before I revealed that I was HIV positive and I had no idea what the reaction would be. Halfway round I saw my husband and he said, it’s all fine, Jeremy Corbyn has messaged you," he said. "Genuinely, I had messages from Prince William and Prince Harry, and he told me Jeremy Corbyn had said, "hello!"

    Prince Harry posted a heartfelt message on social media at the time, reading: "Gareth, you are an absolute legend! In sharing your story of being HIV+, you are saving lives and shattering stigma, by showing you can be strong and resilient while living with HIV."

    "We should all be appalled by the way you were forced to speak your truth, it is yours and yours alone to share on your terms and I and millions stand with you. H"

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    SUSSEXES PREGNANCY SNAPPER SAYS PIC WAS TO "GIVE STRENGTH" TO OTHER WOMEN

    The Sussexes' pregnancy photographer has revealed the intentions behind the adorable pregnancy announcement snap.

    Misan Harriman explained the picture was to "give strength" to other women who have suffered miscarriages like Meghan. "Particularly for the many women going through this, this should give them strength to know there’s light in that dark place. It really means a lot," he said.

    "I think this picture from my point of view represents fortitude, hope, and love."Harrisman, a long-term friend of the couple who shot the images remotely via an iPad, discussed the "power of the relationship that they have" on Good Morning America.

    Harriman gushed about the couple, "Honestly I think the universe would have conspired for them to be together no matter what. It is the real deal. They are waltzing through life together, as it should be."

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    POLL SAYS OPRAH INTERVIEW IS "INAPPROPRIATE"

    A poll has revealed nearly half of the UK believe Prince Harry and Meghan's upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey is "inappropriate".

    The poll by YouGov found 46 per cent thought it was "inappropriate", while just 29 per cent deemed it appropriate.

    It showed an age split in this decision, as younger generations were more likely to support the tell-all interview.

    Out of 4,334 participants, 25 per cent said they "don't know".

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    HARRY WILL REMAIN PATRON OF AFRICAN CHILDREN'S CHARITY

    Prince Harry is set to continue his work with Sentebale, the African children's charity, despite the expectation he will be removed of his remaining royal patronages.

    The charity's chief executive Richard Miller told the MailOnline, "The Duke of Sussex will continue as Patron of Sentebale and is fully committed to supporting Sentebale."

    Harry co-founded Sentebale with Prince Seeiso in 2006, to provide help for children living with HIV and AIDS in Lesotho, and previously stated it allows him to "follow in my mother's footsteps and keep her legacy alive."

    An announcement from the Palace providing details on whether Harry and wife Meghan can remain involved with UK organisations is expected to be brought forward.

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    UNSEEN FOOTAGE OF MEG ON NEW AMAZON PRIME SHOW

    TV personality Lizzie Cundy has earned her own Amazon Prime Show, set to feature unseen footage of celebs – including Meghan Markle.

    Red Carpet Uncut will debut some of Cundy's most memorable interviews from her career, with the likes of Tom Cruise and the Kardashians.

    The trailer for the program shows Cundy speak to Meghan before her wedding to Prince Harry in 2018.

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    SUSSEXES WARNED AHEAD OF ENTERING OPRAH'S "LAIR"

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been warned of the "Oprah effect" that could diminish their royal standing.

    Ahead of the highly-anticipated interview, Meghan and Harry have been forewarned about picking "tacky" Hollywood over established Royal titles that their children can later gain.

    Jonathan Gabay, a marketing expert, believes the pair have left their UK lives for good in exchange for "an LA zip code".

    He said entering Oprah's "lair" for the interview was a "pretty risky" decision, especially due to the "wide ranging" and "intimate" topics.

    "You can’t have Royal titles and at the same time be someone who features on merchandise being sold in Hollywood, which is a pretty tacky place if you walk around and look at the shops," Gabay said.

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    PRINCE GEORGE AND COUSIN BROKE ROYAL PROTOCOL AND STOLE THE SHOW

    Prince George and his older cousin Savannah Phillips stole the show at the Trooping of the Colour in 2018.

    The cheeky children joined in with the national anthem, after Savannah began conducting the band. George "then stared belting out his best rendition of God Save the Queen".

    Daily Mirror Royal Editor Russell Myers told the 'Secrets of the Royal Palaces' documentary, "Prince George started to sing along, he's clearly been learning the words.

    "Suddenly Savannah realises 'gosh, we're royals, we shouldn't be doing this'." Savannah quickly threw her hand in front of George's mouth in an attempt to stop him singing as she realised royals do not sing along too.

    Prince Harry was seen on the balcony doing the exact same thing to his cousin Princess Beatrice thirty years before George and Savannah's hilarious appearance

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    PRINCE HARRY SELF ISOLATING IN CASE OF PHILLIP TRIP

    Prince Harry is reportedly self-isolating in his California mansion in case his grandfather Prince Philip takes a turn for the worse.

    The Duke of Sussex has made arrangements to fly by private jet "if necessary", a source told The Mirror.

    The source said: "Harry is of course concerned for his grandfather’s welfare and is being kept regularly informed on his condition.

    "He has chosen to stay in case he is required to return to the UK at short notice."

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    QUEEN REFLECTS ON DADS DEATH THAT THREW HER INTO THRONE

    The Queen celebrated her 69th year of reign this month and reflected upon the death of her father King George VI in February 1952.

    She looks back on her journey as monarch in the BBC documentary, 'Elizabeth R: A Year in the Life of the Queen'.

    She said: "In a way, I didn’t have an apprenticeship. My father died much too young and so it was all a very sudden kind of taking on and making the best job you can.

    "It’s a question of maturing into something that one’s got used to doing, and accepting the fact that it’s your fate because I think continuity is very important.

    "It is a job for life."

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    WILL HARRY AND MEGS NEW BABY BE AWARDED A ROYAL TITLE?

    After exiting the royal family, Meghan and Harry held onto their royal titles. But will the new baby be awarded one?

    Their second child will be permitted to be a Lord or a Lady, but in accordance with the couple's wishes, will be a plain Master or Miss Mountbatten-Windsor, like Archie.

    It will also be entitled to an HRH and to become a prince/princess of Wales when the prior figure accedes to the throne. The new baby also swerves the requirement of the monarch's permission to marry.

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    TROUBLED RELATIONSHIP

    The decision to speak publicly and the information revealed in the Oprah interview could widen the divisions between Harry and his brother the Duke of Cambridge, who are known to have a troubled relationship.

    In the months leading up to the bombshell announcement in January 2020 saying they wanted to become financially independent, the rift in the royal family was laid bare when Harry said in an interview he and William were on “different paths” and have good and bad days in their relationship.

    The interview will be staged in two parts, with the duchess – who announced on Sunday she is expecting her second child – being interviewed about “stepping into life as a royal, marriage, motherhood…to how she is handling life under intense public pressure”.

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    REUNITED

    The Duchess of Sussex’s estranged father, Thomas Markle, has said he hopes to see his grandchildren one day,.

    Meghan and Harry announced at the weekend that they are expecting their second child, after the duchess suffered a miscarriage last year.

    Mr Markle has been estranged from his daughter for a number of years and is believed to have last met Meghan sometime before her wedding in May 2018.

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    ROYAL MEETING

    The Queen has reportedly called an emergency meeting over Meghan and Harry’s royal patronages, as Prince William is tipped to take over his brother's Marines role.

    The 94-year-old monarch has ordered emergency meetings with royal aides to draw up new plans over which family members will take over the honorary royal roles currently held by her grandson and his wife.

    Meanwhile, Harry and Meghan have told friends they are “resigned to losing them”, according to reports from the Mirror.

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    PRINCE HARRY'S MILITARY TITLES 'COULD BE HANDED TO PRINCE WILLIAM'

    The Queen is set to make the final decision on who takes over Prince Harry’s honorary military titles and patronages.

    Royal insiders fear reigniting a brotherly row if William is handed Harry’s most treasured role of Captain General of the Royal Marines.

    Princess Anne is widely expected to become the first female head of the marines, adding to her 33 honorary military titles.

    A royal source said: “Ultimately, it’s the Queen’s decision. The posts are in her gift.”

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    PRINCE HARRY 'SELF-ISOLATING IN LA MANSION IN CASE HE NEEDS TO RUSH BACK FOR PRINCE PHILIP'

    Prince Harry is understood to be self-isolating in his LA mansion with Meghan Markle and baby Archie so he can race back to Britain if Prince Philip's condition worsens, it's reported.

    The Duke of Sussex, 36, is sheltering from Covid at the couple's California home while his grandfather is in hospital so he can fly home at short notice if Philip deteriorates, The Mirror reports.

    Harry has made plans to fly back to the UK by private jet and is being kept "regularly informed" of Prince Philip's health, it's claimed.

    Prince Philip, 99, fell ill at Windsor Castle on Tuesday and was rushed to London's King Edward Hospital as a precaution.

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    MEGHAN'S HALF SISTER BLASTS THE DUCHESS FOR 'ISOLATING THE FAMILY'

    Meghan Markle's half-sister blasted the duchess for "isolating the entire family" saying it's "only humane" to make things right.

    Samantha Markle called for Meghan to resolve things with their father Thomas Markle adding only the Duchess of Sussex could make things right.

    peaking to Australian morning programme Sunrise, the American said: "I'm hoping that she will resolve things with our father, because it's only called for. That needs to be repaired."

    Meghan has not spoken to Thomas since before her marriage to Prince Harry in May 2018 – with the 71-year-old today revealing he still had not met baby Archie after it was revealed Meghan was pregnant again.

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