The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will not return to being working members of the British Royal Family.

The married couple – who relocated to California last year – have confirmed their decision following discussions between Prince Harry and other members of the royal family.

Their decision means that Queen Elizabeth II has now stripped both her grandson Harry, 36, and his wife Duchess Meghan – formerly known as Meghan Markle – of their honorary military appointments and royal patronages.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman 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.

Royal patronages stripped

“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.”