Queen decided 'long ago' who would get Harry & Meghan's patronages Getty

The Queen has decided who will take over Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s patronages, sources say.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been stripped of a number of honorary military appointments and royal patronages after announcing they will not be returning as working members of the Royal Family.

Speculation was triggered over which members of the family would take over the roles after the announcement on Friday – but reports suggest the monarch made up her mind ‘long ago’.

Prince William is likely to be given his brother’s former title of Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Honington, according to The Mirror.

League chiefs have high hopes the father-of-three will also take over the England Rugby Union and the Rugby Football League.

The National Theatre board was said to be ‘deeply split’ over whether to ask pregnant Duchess Meghan to continue as patron in an unofficial role.

The latest word is that the honour could go to Prince Edward or his wife Sophie.

Sophie Wessex may also take over from Meghan as Patron of The Association of Commonwealth Universities.

Meanwhile, Princess Anne is likely to take over from the Duke of Sussex as Captain-General of the Royal Marines.

Harry’s role as Commodore-in-Chief Small Ships and Diving and the couple’s positions as president and vice-president of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust are also open.

A royal source said: ‘When the writing was on the wall and it was clear the Duke and Duchess had no intention of coming back into the fold and being part of the team, the Queen made her mind up long ago over her preferred candidates for the roles they vacated.’

A spokesperson for Harry and Meghan has said they will continue to support ‘the organisations they have represented regardless of official role’.

They added: ‘We can all live a life of service. Service is universal.’ 

Sources have suggested to The Sunday Times that William believes their comments were ‘insulting and disrespectful’ to The Queen. 

But Dean Scott, a former Special Forces soldier who has been friends with Harry for 12 years, has argued the pair’s remarks were taken out of context.

The Sussexes made their first public appearance since being stripped of their royal patronages on Monday.

Buckingham Palace has declined to comment.

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