Queen Elizabeth II reportedly decided “long ago” who will get the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s patronages.

The married couple – who relocated to California in 2020 – confirmed last week they will not return as working members of the British Royal Family, with their roles now needing to be filled.

A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “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.”

According to reports, Princess Anne, 70, is in line to replace Prince Harry, 36, as Captain General of the Royal Marines, while Prince Edward, 56, may succeed Duchess Meghan, 39, as patron of the National Theatre.

Meanwhile, it’s thought Harry’s patronage as Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Honington – which he has held since 2008 – is likely to go to his brother Prince William.

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