Prince Harry and Meghan retain ‘strong family bond’ despite losing titles

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle retain a strong family bond despite the 'disappointing' loss of roles, according to a royal inside.

Last week the couple were stripped of their royal patronages after announcing their bombshell interview with Oprah.

Buckingham Palace issued a statement which said: "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."

Harry and Meghan responded to the statement and said: "We can all live a life of service, service is universal”.

But despite the response coming across as "hurt" – the duo maintain a good bond with the royals.

Speaking to, one royal insider said: “There is a very strong family bond.”

A source close to Meghan and Harry said the couple had been “disappointed” at the move but “respect the decision that was reached”.

Meghan has lost her role as patron of the National Theatre and Association of Commonwealth Universities, reports The Express.

Harry was stripped of his patronages of the Rugby Football Union, Rugby Football League and London Marathon.

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The Prince also lost his positions as Captain-General of the Royal Marines, Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Honington and Commodore-in-Chief, Small Ships and Diving, Naval Command.

However, both royals will retain patronages they arranged privately or for charities they helped to found.

As a result, Meghan will continue her work with Smart Works and Mayhew, an animal rescue charity.

Harry, who served in the British Army for ten years, will retain his involvement with the Invictus Games.

The Prince launched the sports event in 2014 to help support injured services personnel.

It will be up to The Queen to redistribute Harry and Meghan’s previous roles to other Royal Family members.

Speaking to The Times a military insider said Anne, the Princess Royal, is being lined up to become the next Royal Marines Captain General.

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