The rupture is consummated between Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, and the British royal family: Buckingham Palace announced Friday that the couple lost its last titles, after confirming its final withdrawal from the "firm".
One year earlier, Harry and Meghan had dropped a bomb announcing their withdrawal from their obligations, explaining it by the heavy media pressure and their desire to lead a life independent of royalty, including financially.
Effective March 31, this decision was to be reviewed after one year. But Queen Elizabeth did not even wait to make a decision and announce it, which hit Prince Harry particularly hard, as he was very attached to his military titles.
"The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have confirmed to Her Majesty The Queen that they will not become active members of the royal family again," the palace announced in a statement.
"The Queen has written to confirm that by giving up the work associated with being a member of the Royal Family, it is not possible to continue to exercise the responsibilities and duties inherent in a life of public service," the release adds, noting that "everyone is saddened" by the decision.
Harry, 36, thus loses his military titles, notably in the Royal Marines, to which he was very attached after serving in Afghanistan, an experience from which he came out matured after having played the role of "bad boy" in the family, as well as his representative function for the rugby federation.
Meghan Markle, a former actress, will lose her charitable patronage, notably at the National Theatre in London and within the Commonwealth.
The couple's initial reaction came via a spokesperson: whatever their official role, the Duke and Duchess "remain committed to their duty and service to the UK and the rest of the world.
For commentator Angela Levin, author of a book on Harry, the Queen intended to be represented "by the best service, with people devoted to the cause and a high sense of duty" and "she just felt she could not let it go on any longer".
Interview with Oprah
Harry and Meghan, with their one-year-old son, Archie, have settled into their new life by moving into a luxurious villa in Santa Barbara, near Los Angeles. They have already signed contracts with the Netflix and Spotify platforms.
The couple regularly highlights their desire to work for humanitarian causes through their new foundation, Archwell, whose name was inspired by their son.
While they criticize media pressure, they regularly use it to get their message across: Meghan recently announced in an op-ed piece in the New York Times that she had suffered a miscarriage.
And the couple decided to explain their decision to cut ties with the royal family in a long interview with the star of the confessional interview Oprah Winfrey, which will be broadcast on March 7 on American television.
The British media await, in a trance, the possible revelations of this interview, in a country where the royal family, nicknamed "the firm", has a motto "never complain, never explain" -- never complain, never explain.
The couple fed the chronicle by announcing on Valentine's Day that they were expecting a second child.
In other good news for them, Meghan recently won a lawsuit in the UK against the publishing company of the Mail on Sunday tabloid, which she was suing for invasion of privacy after publishing a letter to her father, with whom she had broken off ties since her marriage to Harry.