The Duke of Sussex has also suffered a “psychological blow” over losing his royal patronages, commentator Phil Dampier has said. With the Queen stripping Harry of his patronages of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and Rugby Football League (RFL), Mr Dampier claimed the Duke will be crushed by losing the cherished patronage. It is thought Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge will now take up the roles which the commentator claimed shows how she is getting a greater role in the Firm.
While the royal commentator claimed Harry will not return to the UK, he also added it is a great loss for the Firm.
Overall Mr Dampier insisted the upcoming move to hand Kate his rugby patronages shows a “changing of the guard” for the Firm.
He told The Sun Online: “The handing over of the rugby patronage brings home that Kate is very much stepping up her royal duties and taking on more and more patronages and getting a higher profile.
“It also highlights the reality of Prince Harry being replaced in some of the things he enjoyed, but it’s sad in that it’s taking away the things he brought to the table.
“It’s another example of the changing of the guard.
“It’s a psychological blow as it emphasises the split and it’s very much final.
“The Queen had left the door open but it’s past the point of no return – I can’t see Harry coming him back to the UK, and so yes it’s another blow, and another example of what he has given up for his new life, and what it’s cost him.
“I think Harry will be upset and will be miss being England’s rugby patron.
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According to reports, Kate will take up the patronages in the coming months ahead of the lead-up to the rugby league World Cup in October and November.
Kate already holds patronages for SportsAid, The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club and The Lawn Tennis Association.
Harry was previously vice-patron of the RFU between 2010 to 2016.
As well as losing his rugby patronages, Harry also lost his military titles of Honorary Air Commandant at RAF Honington, Captain-General of the Marines and Commodore-in-Chief of Small Ships and Diving.
Meghan also lost patronages linked with the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, Royal National Theatre and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
After losing their patronages, the pair released a statement where they insisted service to the country will continue.
They said: “As evidenced by their work over the past year, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex remain committed to their duty and service to the UK and around the world, and have offered their continued support to the organisations they have represented regardless of official role.
“We can all live a life of service. Service is universal.”