Kate Middleton replaced Prince Harry as royal patron of the Rugby Football Union, however it took the Queen two years to decide what to do with her grandson and Meghan Markle’s roles.
The Queen delayed reallocating Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal patronages because she didn’t want to risk “antagonizing” the couple, a source has claimed.
When the Duke and Duchess of Sussex turned their backs on royal life in 2019, they were forced to step down from many of the roles previously assigned to them by the monarch, including patronages of England Rugby, The Royal National Theater and the Association. of the Commonwealth. Universities.
The couple reportedly wanted to keep their roles and delivered a sharp message after the Queen stripped them of their patronages saying: “We can all live a life of service. Service is universal.”
Following the surprise statement from the Sussexes and crisis talks between the firm, including the infamous Sandringham Summit meeting, the Queen released a statement confirming the logistics of her resignation.
This included details of what would happen to their roles, stating: “Honorary military appointments and royal patronages held by the Duke and Duchess will therefore be returned to Her Majesty, before being redistributed to active members of the Royal family”.
However, two years after ‘Megxit,’ royal watchers began to wonder what had happened to the roles and there had been no mention of reassignment.
But this week, the Queen has announced that the Duchess of Cambridge will take over one of Harry’s titles and become the new patron of English rugby.
She is the first person to take on one of the Sussexes’ previous roles, with the Daily Mail reporting that an official announcement is expected “imminently”.
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The appointment is interesting as it will see her face to face with her husband, Prince William, who is a patron of the Welsh Rugby Union.
A source told the Daily Mail that the Queen delayed handing over the couple’s roles because she didn’t want to risk alienating Prince Harry, especially as she spent her first two years of freedom making shocking claims about the royal family.
The source told the newspaper: “People just tread a little carefully when it comes to them.”
Harry is a big fan of rugby and also plays the sport. He was vice-patron of the RFU from 2010 to 2016 before replacing the Queen as patron.
The 95-year-old monarch also gave him the RFL sponsorship in 2016 and made the draw for the next World Cup in January 2020 at the height of the “Megxit” saga.
But with the Six Nations Championship looming, the need for a figurehead was said to be “pressing”.
If it’s announced soon, we’re likely to see Kate and William’s competitive sides in the Six Nations, which starts next month, when their teams go head-to-head.
Kate is extremely sporty and is already a 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 she married William in 2011, Kate and her family planned their weekends around international rugby matches.
He attended the 2015 World Cup in England and the 2017 Six Nations clash between France and Wales in Paris.
She is also a tennis and hockey fan and has been surfing from a very young age, championing the physical and mental benefits of sports.
The queen’s decision could also trigger a further redistribution of Harry and Meghan’s patronages, including the presidency of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust and the London Marathon Charitable Trust.
He also has to figure out what is going to happen to Prince Andrew’s patronages, which he has been stripped of as part of his ongoing legal case.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.