Prince Harry and Meghan Markle likely to lose royal patronages as probationary period ends

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  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will likely lose their royal patronages, sources say.
  • Their patronages include the charities they represent in the UK. For Prince Harry, it includes his honorary military titles.
  • The queen is to make her final decision soon as the couple's probationary period since stepping down from their royal roles ends on 31 March.

Will Harry and Meghan officially lose their royal patronages?

It's been a little over a year since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped down from the royal family. They've since settled in California and started their new foundation, Archewell. The couple will join Oprah Winfrey for a tell-all interview in March to discuss everything from their unprecedented decision to step down to the constant scrutiny they received from the tabloid press.

READ MORE | Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to break silence in tell-all Oprah interview

The couple's probationary period will end on 31 March, but sources tell People a decision by the queen will come sooner as to whether or not they will lose certain royal duties entirely.

Insiders say they are expected to retain their HRH – though they don't use them anymore – and Duke and Duchess of Sussex titles, while it is thought they may give up their royal patronages that represent the UK charities they back.

Harry is also expected to officially lose his honorary military appointments, according to some sources.

"Harry will always be a great ambassador for this country," a source close to the royal family says, no matter the outcome of the latter.

While Harry and Meghan await the announcement from Queen Elizabeth, they have much to celebrate. On Sunday they revealed they are expecting their second child.

"Archie is going to be a big brother," they said. 

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