"I think Harry was both surprised and very disappointed to have had all of his military titles and the royal patronages taken away from him," royal expert Katie Nicholl tells ET. "This was the end result after many days of discussion and my understanding of the Sussexes' camp is that both the couple were hoping they would be able to retain those royal patronages. Behind the scenes they tried very hard to convince Palace courtiers that even though they are living private lives out of the royal family that they are still committed philanthropists, who remained committed to the charities and the patronages that they've represented for the past couple of years."
Shortly following Buckingham Palace's statement, the couple released a statement of their own, seemingly contradicting the word of Harry's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, and noting that they planned to continue working with the charities they'd been supporting in their official duties.
"As evidenced by their work over the past year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex remain committed to their duty and service to the U.K. and around the world, and have offered their continued support to the organizations they have represented regardless of official role," a spokesperson for the duke and duchess said in a statement.
According to Nicholl, this statement did not sit well with Harry's older brother, Prince William.
"He feels that this statement that the Sussexes put out just moments after Buckingham Palace made the announcement was disrespectful," Nicholl says of William. "Certainly the feeling at the Palace is that the tone of the email was disrespectful to the monarch. It's very unusual to hear anyone answer back to the queen, which is essentially, I suppose, what the Sussexes did in that responsive email."