Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal ban 'quite harsh' as Sussex red line slammed

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal ban 'quite harsh' as Sussex red line slammed

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Hannah Ross

By Hannah Ross

Published: 23/02/2024

- 11:35

Updated: 23/02/2024

- 11:37

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped down as senior royals in January 2020

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal ban was “quite harsh” and a “bit hasty,” according to a royal commentator.

The late Queen denied the Duke and Duchess of Sussexes request to become 'half in and half out' of the Royal Family in 2020.

Former royal correspondent, Jennie Bond, analysed the Sandringham Summit where Meghan and Harry's royal exit was discussed.

She said: “I’ve always held the view that the late Queen and the Palace were quite harsh when they put down this red line ‘you can’t be half-in, half-out.’

Queen Elizabeth, Meghan and Harry

Harry and Meghan were told they could only be 'all in or all out' of the family


“I think in a modern, evolving monarch, perhaps a way could have been found, to incorporate what they wanted which was, we thought, some privacy at least, to not always being on show.”

In Harry and Meghan’s Netflix series the couple recollected how they were given the choice to be “all in, no change” or “all out” of the family, prompting them to ask for something in between.

Harry said: “It became very clear very quickly that goal was not up for discussion or debate.”

It comes as the Royal Family face a shortage of senior working members to undertake public engagements following Princess Kate and King Charles’s medical concerns.

Prince Harry and Meghan MarkleHarry and Meghan's decision to use royal titles for their website has been criticised PA

King Charles is currently taking a step back from public facing duties as he receives cancer treatment.

The Princes of Wales is also not expected to return to work until after Easter following planned abdominal surgery.

Bond told Times Radio: “With the royal role, what became so tricky was that they wanted to be financially independent, which means commercial, which means a conflict of interest.

"But I think they were a bit hasty the Palace in saying ‘absolutely no’.”

Meghan and HarryIn 2020, Harry relocated to the US with his Californian wife, Meghan MarkleGetty
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's website homepagePrince Harry and Meghan Markle's website homepage displays their royal

Harry and Meghan have faced criticism recently for incorporating their royal titles into their new website.

Critics have argued that the couple should not be allowed to use their titles if there are any links to commercialism gains.

In June 2020 Harry and Meghan relocated to California and in February the following year Buckingham Palace announced that they would not be returning to their royal roles.

The statement read: "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.”

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