Meghan Markle: Royal expert discusses giving up patronages
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The Queen, 94, passed on two patronages to Meghan Markle, 39, – The National Theatre and The Association of Commonwealth Universities – before she stepped down as a senior royal with Prince Harry in March 2020. Royal commentator Richard Eden has claimed that the Duchess of Sussex “did absolutely nothing” for the theatre. He is now suggesting that Prince Edward or Sophie Wessex should receive the patronage instead.
Mr Eden told Palace Confidential on MailPlus: “Sophie has been described as the Royal Family’s secret weapon.
“I think she shouldn’t be so secret anymore.
“We do want to hear a bit more from her and with Edward as well.
“The Queen kindy handed over her patronage of the Royal National Theatre to Meghan and then she promptly moved to American and did absolutely nothing for the theatre.
The Queen is facing calls to strip Meghan Markle of her patronages (Image: SPLASH)
The Queen, 94, passed on two patronages to Meghan Markle, 39 (Image: SPLASH)
“Why not hand that to Prince Edward?
“He used to actually work for Andrew Lloyd-Webber. He would love it.
“He would be fantastic and so would Sophie who used to come from a PR background.
“I really think she’s not used as much as she should be.”
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stepped down as senior members in March (Image: PA)
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It comes as royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said “it is possible” the roles might be returned to Harry.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Fitzwilliams said: “They stepped down as senior members of the Royal Family because it was considered it simply wouldn’t work if they stepped back on a part-time basis which is what they personally preferred.
“The agreement was that they would keep their HRH titles but not use them and also they wouldn’t be able to use SussexRoyal.
“The agreement will be reassessed in a year, that is by the end of March next year.
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“It will also involve Harry’s military links such as, Captain-General of the Royal Marines which he greatly prizes and they have been kept vacant.
“It’s, therefore, possible that they might be returned to him.
“At the moment, he is in a position as a veteran and someone who founded the Invictus Games for wounded servicemen and women, he’s not able to wear the uniform.
“I think he really prizes his links with the military and clarity on these points is something we will get in due course.”