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Prince Harry to give up RAF Honington title as he and Meghan step back from royal duties

Prince Harry is to give up his position as Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Honington as he and Meghan Markle step back from royal duties.

The Duke of Sussex has held the title since 2008 and has made numerous visits to the base near Bury St Edmunds.

Buckingham Palace announced yesterday that from spring he and his wife will no longer be working members of the Royal Family.

Prince Harry visits RAF Honington in July 2010. Picture: Roger Arbon
Prince Harry visits RAF Honington in July 2010. Picture: Roger Arbon

A statement from the palace said: "As agreed in this new arrangement, they understand that they are required to step back from Royal duties, including official military appointments.

"They will no longer receive public funds for Royal duties.

"With The Queen’s blessing, the Sussexes will continue to maintain their private patronages and associations.

"While they can no longer formally represent The Queen, the Sussexes have made clear that everything they do will continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty.

"The Sussexes will not use their HRH titles as they are no longer working members of the Royal Family.

"The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have shared their wish to repay Sovereign Grant expenditure for the refurbishment of Frogmore Cottage, which will remain their UK family home.

"Buckingham Palace does not comment on the details of security arrangements. There are well established independent processes to determine the need for publicly-funded security.

"This new model will take effect in the spring of 2020."

Prince Harry's other military appointments are Captain General of Royal Marines and Commodore-in-Chief of Small Ships and Diving.

He trained at Wattisham Flying Station and served in Afghanistan with 662 Squadron, 3 Regt AAC.

In 2017, he visited RAF Honington to present a new Colour on behalf of the Queen.

Twenty five members of 3 Regiment Army Air Corps from Wattisham Flying Station and another 25 personnel from RAF Honington lined the streets around Windsor Castle for ceremonial support during his wedding to Meghan in 2018.