Several of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s former patronages have thanked the couple for their support following the news they will not be returning as working members of the Royal Family.
Harry and Meghan’s honorary military appointments and royal patronages of sporting associations and charities will be returned to the Queen to be redistributed to other royals.
The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust – only founded in 2018 – of which the duke and duchess were president and vice-president respectively said it was “lucky” to have had their support.
The trust said in a statement: “The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust exists to support young people around the world who are delivering practical help to those who need it most.
“We have been very lucky to have had the keen support and encouragement of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in our formative years.
“They have enabled us to make fast progress and have helped us to take the organisation to readiness for its next phase.
“We are glad that they remain in our circle of supporters.”
It added: “Our focus, as always, is on the young people we work alongside. We will be pressing on with vigour to help them reach even more people with the essential services they provide.”
The National Theatre, one of Meghan’s patronages, thanked…