PRINCE Harry has reportedly torpedoed his chances of returning to military royal duties after speaking out on the US election.
Royal aides say that by publicly discussing the upcoming election and making an apparent swipe at Donald Trump, Harry, 36, has violated the Megxit deal.
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As part of the agreement when they left royal duties, Harry stepped down from his beloved military roles.
The Queen agreed to keep positions open in the review period so he could perhaps return in the future, but aides say speaking out on the US election could have destroyed this possibility.
One told The Times: "The door was left open. There were some things that Harry hoped he could opt back into.
"He dearly wants to hang on to the Royal Marines and the military appointments. That will be harder now.”
The Sussexes’ arrangement are set to be be reviewed after a year.
In a video clip broadcast as part of the Time 100, the magazine's annual list of the world's 100 most influential people, Meghan said: "Every four years we are told the same thing, that this is the most important election of our lifetime. But this one is."
And Harry said: "As we approach this November, it's vital that we reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity.
"When the bad outweighs the good, for many, whether we realise it or not, it erodes our ability to have compassion and our ability to put ourselves in someone else's shoes.
'VIOLATION OF THE AGREEMENT'
"Because when one person buys into negativity online, the effects are felt exponentially. It's time to not only reflect, but act."
A royal aide said the clip had broken the couple's promise to continue upholding the Queen's values despite stepping down as senior royals, adding: “The [royal] family are all wringing their hands, thinking: where is this going and does this abide by the deal to uphold the values of the Queen? The feeling is it’s a violation of the agreement.”
Despite claims that this was an attempt to get their fans to vote Donald Trump out of office, a source close to Harry insisted the Duke was not referring to Mr Trump nor any other individual.
A spokesman for the Sussexes said: “The duke’s message is not in reference to any specific political party or candidate, but is instead a call for decency in how we engage with each other.”
The Queen is the only member of the royal family not allowed to vote, and the expectation is that other royals remain apolitical and never participate in elections. Meghan, an American citizen, has said she will be voting.
Buckingham Palace said only that Harry's remarks were made “in a personal capacity”.
But The Times reports courtiers met to discuss distancing the royal household from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex following the call to arms.
One angry Twitter user said: "Hey, Prince Harry: you have no right to interfere in our election.
"If you want make a statement, give up your British citizenship, become an American."
But another person said: "By the sound of the video Prince Harry will be a US and UK citizen by the next election “this election I am unable to vote”, and I love it."
Piers Morgan also shared his opinion, saying: "Prince Harry poking his woke nose into the US election & effectively telling Americans to vote against President Trump is completely unacceptable behaviour for a member of the Royal Family."
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