Meghan Markle and Prince Harry recently stepped away from royal duties, which means they a) get to live a peaceful life in Canada, and b) will no longer be working on behalf of the Queen. And while the couple won’t be HRH status, they do get to retain their Duke and Duchess titles. However, apparently they don’t get to continue being Commonwealth Youth Ambassadors, a position that was important to them.
According to a report from TMZ, sources say Harry and Meghan were “shocked” they had to forgo their roles as ambassadors to the Commonwealth, and apparently they didn’t even realize the ambassadorships were “on the table.” But—per TMZ—”the Queen drew a hard line in the sand, and they had to surrender the role.”
The outlet reports that Meghan became a youth ambassador right before her wedding, and she even had flowers representing the Commonwealth nations embroidered into her veil, along with a California poppy to represent her home state.
Despite not representing the Commonwealth in an official capacity, Meghan and Harry will doubtless keep up with the work they’re so passionate about. Harry confirmed as much in his public statements on their big news, saying:
“We both do everything we can to fly the flag and carry out our roles for this country with pride. Once Meghan and I were married, we were excited, we were hopeful, and we were here to serve. For those reasons, it brings me great sadness that it has come to this. The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back is not one I made lightly. It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges. And I know I haven’t always gotten it right, but as far as this goes, there really was no other option.”