The royals tipped to take over Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's workload

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The Queen has reportedly made a decision on which members of the royal family will take over Harry and Meghan’s patronages after their departure as working royals.

Following the announcement that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their second child (opens in new tab), the couple confirmed that they have officially quit the royal family (opens in new tab) and will not be returning to their working roles after the year review.

The Queen is said to have asked them to step down from their patronages (opens in new tab) and their royal work load is to be split among other family members. 

The couple has also reportedly agreed to not use their HRH titles but they are still part of the royal family, with Prince Harry still in line to become king (opens in new tab)

Prince Harry, 36, has lost his three remaining military titles and his patronages of the Rugby Football Union, Rugby Football league, and the London Marathon.

Meghan, 39, has stepped down from her patronage with the National Theatre and her links with the commonwealth.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend The Endeavour Fund Awards

The Mirror reports that Princess Anne, 70, is thought to be taking over Harry’s role of Captain-General of the Royal Marines. 

Prince Edward or his wife Sophie Wessex may replace Meghan as patron of the National Theatre.

Sophie is also tipped to take over as the patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, despite previously shutting down a suggestion she would fill Meghan's shoes (opens in new tab) in the royal family. 

Prince William is likely to take over Harry’s honorary title of Air Commandment of RAF Honington. League chiefs are also hoping Prince William will take over Harry’s Rugby Union patronages and be the face of the 2021 Rugby World Cup.

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The couple's roles of president and vice-president of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust also need to be filled as does Harry’s last Military title of Commodore-in-Chief of small ships and diving.

The Queen is expected be informing the members taking over the patronages and a statement is likely to be released in a matter of weeks.