Rosa Monckton, an English businesswoman and charity campaigner close to late Princess Diana, expressed her sorrow at the news of Prince Harry leaving the family as senior royal. The philanthropist wrote on Twitter: “Farewell Prince Harry.
“Such a loss to the royal family and the nation.”
Ms Monckton also included in her message a picture of her daughter Domenica and a young Prince Harry.
In the sweet snap, the girl is holding a doll while Prince Harry appears to be hugging her.
Ms Monckton’s friend, Princess Diana, was Domenica’s godmother.
Another said: “It’s not a fall from grace.
“This is no treasonous Edward VIII scenario.
“There will be a way back if he needs it, I expect. Family is family, even this one.
“But I agree, I do find it rather sad and none of us can know the full story.”
Others, however, pointed out Harry will continue to work on causes close to his heart even after his change of status.
One said: “He’ll always do great things for people around the world.”
Another added: “He will continue to support his charities such as Wellchild.
“Please don’t be too sad for him”.
Yesterday evening, Buckingham Palace published the terms agreed by Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and the Queen regarding their exit as senior royals.
Starting this coming Spring, Meghan and Harry will no longer use their HRH styles and will be known respectively as Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex.
Unlike Harry’s mother Princess Diana, though, who lost her title after divorcing from Prince Charles in 1996, the Duke of Sussex will formally retain it.
The couple will also no longer be allowed to carry out royal duties and represent the Queen on tours abroad.
Meghan and Harry, however, will gain the freedom to pursue private financial and charitable ventures.
They will also be able to live permanently outside of the UK with their son Archie Harrison.
While the Sussexes are breaking away from the Royal Family as working royals, they aren’t leaving their relatives behind, the Queen said in a statement.
She said: “Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much-loved members of my family.
“I recognise the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life.
“I want to thank them for all their dedicated work across this country, the Commonwealth and beyond, and am particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family.
“It is my whole family’s hope that today’s agreement allows them to start building a happy and peaceful new life.”