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Prince Harry loses RAF Honington role after Buckingham Palace confirms couple will not be returning to the Royal Family



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Prince Harry will step down from his role as Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Honington in Suffolk.

It comes as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirmed to the Queen they would not be returning as working members of the Royal Family.

In a statement today, Buckingham Palace, said: "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have confirmed to Her Majesty The Queen that they will not be returning as working members of The Royal Family.

Personnel from RAF Honington performed security duties at Harry and Meghan's wedding. Picture by Aaron Chown/PA Wire
Personnel from RAF Honington performed security duties at Harry and Meghan's wedding. Picture by Aaron Chown/PA Wire

"Following conversations with The Duke, The Queen has written confirming that in stepping away from the work of The Royal Family it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service.

"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.

While all are saddened by their decision, The Duke and Duchess remain much loved members of the family.

Harry has held the role at RAF Honington near Bury St Edmunds since 2008 and has made numerous visits to the base.

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.

The base is the home of RAF Force Protection and incorporates the headquarters for the RAF Regiment and the RAF Police.

Personnel from RAF Honington performed security duties at Harry and Meghan's wedding in Windsor in May 2018.

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 support during the wedding.

The honorary military appointments and Royal patronages held by The Duke and Duchess will now be shared among other working members of the Royal Family.

The couple, who now live in California, formally stepped down in March, with a plan to review the arrangements after 12 months. Harry retains his title of Prince but will not longer use HRH.

He will also give up roles with The Royal Marines, Royal Navy Small Ships and Diving and the Queen's Commonwealth Trust, as well as The Rugby Football Union, The Rugby Football League, The Royal National Theatre and The Association of Commonwealth Universities.

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