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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will lose all of their remaining royal patronages after agreeing to a TV interview with US A-lister Oprah Winfrey, it has been claimed.
The Queen is set to ask them to give up any links with organisations passed down through the Royal Family, according to the Daily Mail.
The Duke of Sussex is supposedly set to lose his remaining military titles – Captain General of the Royal Marines, Honorary Air Force Commandant of the Royal Air Force Bas Honington, and honorary Commodore-in-Chief of the Royal Navy’s Small Ships and Diving Operations.
A decision on the titles was originally set to be made in the coming months – during the long-awaited Megxit review that will see the Sussexes future role officially set out.
Harry may also lose his patronages with the Rugby Football Union, Rugby Football League and the London Marathon in the move, it is claimed.
However, he will be allowed to keep private patronages, including the Invictus Games and WellChild.
Meghan would reportedly have to step down as patron of the National Theatre.
A source told the Daily Mail: “The interview has clearly come about because there is an understanding [with Harry and Meghan] that all remaining formal links with organisations will cease to exist.”
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The Daily Star has approached a Buckingham Palace press officer and a representative of the Sussexes for comment.
US network CBS announced on Monday, February 15, that the 90-minute special "Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special" will air on March 7.
The network said Oprah spoke with Meghan on “a wide-ranging interview covering everything from stepping into life as a royal, marriage, motherhood (and) philanthropic work, to how she is handling life under intense public pressure”.
The pair will later be joined “by Prince Harry as they speak about their move to the United States and their future hopes and dreams for their expanding family”.
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Rumours have long circulated that Oprah would be the first TV personality to interview the departed royal .
She and Meghan are good friends, and the US TV host is thought to have helped her and Harry find a place to stay when they arrived in Los Angeles.
She was also invited to the royal couple’s wedding at Windsor Castle in 2018, saying at the time: "I can’t wait to see the goodness that will come from their union.”
The pair met through a mutual friend, CBS breakfast show host Gayle King.
Oprah has also partnered with Harry for a mental health docuseries, set to air on Apple TV+ this spring.
- Meghan Markle
- Prince Harry
- Royal Family
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