As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's "probation" year comes to an end this March, the two are awaiting a significant decision in regards to their official royal titles from Queen Elizabeth. After stepping down from their roles as senior working royals last January, insiders close to the monarchy foresee the couple will lose all their royal patronages, many of which include charities bestowed to them by the Queen as well as Harry's honorary military appointments.
According to PEOPLE magazine's sources, "final decisions have yet to be confirmed, but events are moving faster than initially thought." The publication adds that instead of the couple, currently expecting their second child, waiting until probation is up next month, the "decision will now come down sooner." But while they are not permitted to use their His/Her Highness titles, they are "expected" to keep them alongside their Duke and Duchess of Sussex titles.
Additionally, sources from Buckingham Palace allege that while there are challenges in keeping the royal roles stemming from their commercialized partnerships with Spotify or Netflix, the Queen does not appreciate the pair being "half in, half out" with the intention to pursue personal financial goals. "It was clear to her from the start that a hybrid role is not an option," the source alleged.
If they are told to relinquish their royal patronages, Harry would lose the Rugby Football Union, the Rugby Football League, and the London Marathon. While speculation has brought out the concern of him losing potential military appointments, sources tell the Daily Telegraph he would love to keep them considering he's a former Army captain. For Markle, the former Suits actress would lose the National Theatre. But while there are some potential losses, the two would still hold on to quite a bit. Harry would still hold his Invictus Games Foundation and his personal charity Sentebale that helps combat HIV/AIDS in South Africa; he would also move forward with WellChild, and Markle would retain her animal rescue charity Mayhew, and Smarkworks that helps women with the job application process.
Last year, the Queen issued a rare statement, detailing her support for the couple. "My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan's desire to create a new life as a young family," she said. "Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family."
Since stepping down just under a year ago, Harry and Markle have landed multiple deals, with the couple most recently announcing a plan to sit down with Oprah Winfrey for an intimate interview following their exciting news. No matter the decision, a royal insider did say that "Harry will always be a great ambassador for this country."