Elizabeth II withdraws Meghan Markle and Henry from England the last honorary positions

Prince Harry with Meghan Markle in Manhattan on September 23, 2021

Prince Harry with Meghan Markle in Manhattan on September 23, 2021/CHRISTOPHER PETERSON / SPLASHNEWS.COM (GTRES)

When, in January 2020, Harry of England and Meghan Markle decided to end their lives as members of the WindsorsThey left behind not only a family, but also a secure and stable job for life. Some official commitments that, being at the service of the queen, provided them with titles, substantial income and a great public image.

Two years after that withdrawal, and when it seems clear that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are not going to back down on that decision -at least in the short term-, the queen Isabel II began to take action on the matter and reorganize her house. And that entails taking the final step of stripping his grandson and his wife of the last remaining honors: the leadership of their patronage.

as well explained the Web of the British royal family, its members “are linked to hundreds of charities, military, professional bodies and public service organizations, some well known and others smaller and specialized or located at the local level”.

When a Windsor is a patron of an association, the benefit is double: for that person it means the opportunity to be linked to a cause, to take action in its favor and to appear in public events in a certain area, while the organization receives great visibility . Only Isabel II is at the head of 600 patronages, despite having been giving up some of them due to her age.

Queen Elizabeth II withdrew himó  the last remaining honorary positions for Meghan Markle and Enrique

Queen Elizabeth II withdrew the last remaining honorary positions from Meghan Markle and Enrique (Archive /)

That same royal family page shows that Harry of England is at the head of 16 patronages, while Markle he would have three (of the four that the queen assigned him three years ago now). But these data are outdated, because it was known that Enrique He has already started losing titles.

This Tuesday, February 2, it was learned that the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, wife of William, Harry’s older brother, will be the new patron saint of the British Rugby League, the body established in 1895 that manages the competitions of that sport in United Kingdom at a professional level, both male and female and in a wheelchair.

It didn’t take long for him to get down to business: on his first day at the helm, he attended a training session at Twickenham Stadium, south London.

Middleton thus remains with one of the patronages most appreciated by his brother-in-law, who had been vice-patron of the same since 2010 and had had it in his portfolio since 2016. The youngest son of Charles of England frequently supported the English soccer team.

In fact, in 2007, when England lost the World Cup in Paris to South Africa, Harry could be seen drinking until dawn with the national team players, and the tabloids published the images of Harry’s more than 24 hours of partying with athletes.

Now it will be the Duchess of Cambridge who, in a very different way, presides over that patronage. She is one of the sport’s most supportive members of the royal family, already presiding over tennis, croquet and sailing associations in her country.

Rugby has been familiar to her since she was little, as her sister Pippa told it in an article in Vanity Fair eight years ago: “Rugby was a big thing in the family, we planned our weekends around the big games. We ate something quick on a tray, a chicken stew or something warm and very English. If we lost, my father would be in a bad mood all afternoon, as if he had lost himself.

Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, is cheered on by players during an English rugby team training session at Twickenham Stadium in London on February 2, 2022.

Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, is cheered on by players during a training session for the English rugby team at Twickenham Stadium in London on February 2, 2022 (JUSTIN TALLIS (AFP)/)

The reasons for the decision to endow Middleton with that patronage are now unknown but, on the one hand, two years have passed since Meghan and Harry decided to leave the royal family, enough time to put distance in between, even more so with all the controversy that surrounded them during these 24 months and with the open criticism they made of the institution, that they did nothing but disassociate them more from it.

On the other hand, there was a practical matter, and that is that the 2022 Six Nations Rugby Tournament is about to start, and the organization already needs a figurehead. In fact, the British press suggests that it would be logical to see Kate and William of England in a match at the end of the month, because he is patron of the Welsh Rugby Union and on February 26 Wales and England will also face each other at Twickenham .

Kate’s new patronage is already confirmed, but it is only the first of those to come. As the British press explains, Meghan Markle will be the next to run out of one of those honors. The queen plans to give Camilla Parker-Bowles, wife of Charles of England and Duchess of Cornwall, the head of the Royal National Theatre.

As a source close to him explained to The Times, Parker-Bowles was looking forward to that position. “I really wanted it. She was quite upset when it ended up in the hands of Meghan, and will be more than happy to pick it up now, after the disappointment of not being chosen in the first round., they affirm.

The Duchess of Cornwall, 74, is a big fan of theater and literature, in fact, she has a public book club. According The Times, its presence in the association will be constant and intense, because it intends to give prominence and visibility to an industry heavily hit by the coronavirus pandemic. It is common to see the Duchess in theater performances or visiting the actors behind the scenes.

At the Olivier Theater Awards (the most prestigious in the country) held in October 2020, he showed his passion for the performing arts in an emotional speech. “I believe in theater. It is the cornerstone of a fertile cultural life, a forum for debate, and a powerful vehicle for building communities. And, perhaps more importantly, those of us who believe in theater believe in its resilience”, he affirmed, to thank all those who were part of that world for their “determination and flexibility” and tell them: “We need you and we have missed you”.

In the year that Markle was at the head of the board, he attended a public act related to it only once, in January 2019.

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Elizabeth II withdraws Meghan Markle and Henry from England the last honorary positions