Queen ‘waited to promote Kate’ as she didn’t want to ‘risk antagonizing Harry’

The Queen made the decision to delay reallocating Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal patronages after they quit the royal family as she didn’t want to risk “antagonizing” them, an insider has claimed.

According to The Mirror, when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex decided to part ways with their royal duties in 2019, they were forced to give up many of the roles they had previously been handed by the Monarch – including patronages of England Rugby, The Royal National Theater and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

Despite wanting to give up their titles, the couple reportedly wanted to keep their roles, releasing a sharp message after the Queen stripped them of their patronages saying “We can all live a life of service. Service is universal.”

After the Sussexes’ shock statement and crisis talks among the firm, including the infamous Sandringham Summit meeting, the Queen released a statement confirming the logistics of them stepping down.

This included details of what would happen to their roles, stating: “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.”

However, two years on from ‘Megxit’, royal watchers were beginning to wonder what had happened to the roles as nothing had been mentioned about the reallocation.

But this week, the Queen has announced that the Duchess of Cambridge will take on one of Harry’s titles and become the new patron of English rugby.

She’s the first person to take over one of the Sussexes’ former roles, with the Daily Mail reporting an official announcement is expected “imminently”.

The appointment is an interesting one as it will see her going head to head with husband Prince William, who is patron of the Welsh Rugby Union.

The Queen stripped the couple of their royal titles and patronages when they quit the royal family

An insider told the Daily Mail that the Queen delayed handing out the couple’s roles as she didn’t want to risk antagonizing Prince Harry, especially as he’s spent his first two years of freedom making shocking claims about the royal family.

The source told the newspaper: “People just tread a bit carefully when it comes to them.”

Harry is a huge rugby fan and also plays the sport. He was vice-patron of the RFU from 2010 to 2016 before taking over from the Queen as patron.

The 95-year-old monarch also handed him the patronage of the RFL in 2016 and carried out the draw for the forthcoming World Cup in January 2020 at the height of the “Megxit” saga.

But with the Six Nations Championship imminent, the need for a figurehead was said to be “pressing”.

If announced soon, we’re likely to see Kate and William’s competitive sides come out in the Six Nations – which starts next month – as their teams go head to head.

Prince Harry and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge watch during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on September 26, 2015 in London, United Kingdom
Kate, Harry and William at an England v Wales match at Twichenham Stadium in 2015

Kate is extremely sporty, and is already patron of the All England Lawn and Tennis Croquet Club, the Lawn Tennis Association, SportsAid and the 1851 Trust, which works with young people.

Long before her 2011 marriage to William, Kate and her family would plan their weekends around international rugby matches.

She attended the 2015 World Cup in England and the 2017 Six Nations clash between France and Wales in Paris.

She’s also a keen tennis and hockey play and has sailed from a young age, championing the physical and mental benefits of sports.

The Queen’s decision could also spark more of Harry and Meghan’s patronages being redistributed, including the presidency of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust and the London Marathon Charitable Trust.

Kate Middleton
Things are going to get pretty competitive between Kate and William…

She also has to work out what’s going to happen to Prince Andrew’s patronages, which he’s been stripped of as part of his on-going legal case.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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