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Queen 'sent Harry personal Megxit email - before she knew about Oprah interview'

 The Queen reportedly sent a personal email to Prince Harry (Image: Getty Images)

Prince Harry was sent a personal email from the Queen about Megxit before she knew about his bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, it has been claimed.

Her Majesty reportedly sent Harry an email outlining her thoughts on the exit and making clear she believed only full dedication to royal duty was possible.

The message was sent around two weeks ago, before the Queen had even heard about Harry and Meghan Markle ’s upcoming interview with Oprah, according to the Mail on Sunday.

The contents of the alleged email mirrored her thoughts on public service later included in the Queen's official statement shared last week.

 Prince Harry has always been close to his grandma the Queen (Image: Getty Images)

The Queen wrote Harry a personal letter around 10 days ago to "conclude matters," the paper reports, wpild have been before the news of the Oprah interview became public.

It was previously reported that the palace only found out about the TV special a week last Monday when ITV approached them for comment, as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had apparently not given the Firm advanced notice it was happening.

Buckingham Palace then issued a statement on Friday in which the monarch announced her decision to sever links between Meghan and Harry and their royal patronages.

 The Queen's letter was sent after Prince Harry 'pushed to get things sorted' in January, it has been reported (Image: Getty Images)

The statement read: "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have confirmed to Her Majesty The Queen that they will not be returning as working members of The Royal Family.

"Following conversations with The Duke, The Queen has written confirming that in stepping away from the work of The Royal Family it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service.

"The honorary military appointments and Royal patronages held by The Duke and Duchess will therefore be returned to Her Majesty, before being redistributed among working members of The Royal Family."

 Harry's wife Meghan Markle recently announced she was pregnant (Image: AFP via Getty Images)

The brief statement ended with a deeply personal note.

It read: "While all are saddened by their decision, The Duke and Duchess remain much-loved members of the family."

A Buckingham Palace source said the Queen had made her decision following "conversations between the Duke of Sussex and members of The Royal Family."

As a result of the Queen's ruling, Meghan lost two out of her four patronages - the National Theatre and the Association of Commonwealth Universities, both passed on to her by the Queen in January 2019.

 The couple are living in the US with their son Archie (Image: Getty Images)

The Duke of Sussex had to relinquish his links to The Rugby Football Union and The Rugby Football League.

And, most painfully for him, the Duke also had to relinquish his three honorary military titles of Captain-General of the Royal Marines, Honorary Air Force Commandant of RAF base Honington and Honorary Commodore–in–Chief of Small Ships and Diving.

Prince Harry and Meghan responded to the Queen's public announcement with their own statement.

It read: "As evidenced by their work over the past year, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex remain committed to their duty and service to the UK and around the world, and have offered their continued support to the organisations they have represented regardless of official role.

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