• Prince Harry and Meghan Markle confirmed they will not be returning to royal duties a year after "Megxit"
  • Fans of the Sussexes expressed their support for the couple's decision to carve their own path
  • One journalist suggested there had been "hope" that Prince Harry would return home, possibly without Markle, last year

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have announced that they will not be returning as working royals nearly after they stepped back from their royal duties and moved to California. Their decision has drawn support from fans of the couple.

On Friday, Buckingham Palace confirmed in a statement that Prince Harry and Markle will give up their royal patronages and military appointments following their decision not to return to the U.K. to resume their senior royal roles. Despite this, however, the palace said the Duke and Duchess of Sussex "remain much-loved members of the family."

Following the announcement, Sussex fans immediately expressed support for the couple's decision to continue carving their own path. "Good on them," one Twitter user commented, while another said, "Don't mess with black girls. They will run the world."

"I'm celebrating Meghan & Harry's independence," another user tweeted. "Now Harry & Meghan are now completely free to work with other worthwhile global organizations through their non-profit foundation Archewell, etc. They'll be able to do so much good on their own merits. The Sussexes future is bright!"

Meanwhile, journalist and royal biographer Christopher Wilson said it was "a shame" that the decision "took so long" to come out. "It's caused unease and anxiety all round," he wrote.

Wilson also claimed that "at the beginning, there was the hope that Harry would come home. Alone, perhaps." After announcing their decision to step back last year, Prince Harry and Markle had been given a 12-month trial period in which they could have decided to return as working royals.

When royal correspondent Omid Scobie commented on his post, "What a nasty, hateful thing to say," Wilson replied, "Like you, Omid, I merely repeat what I am told."

Though he did not mention any names, some speculated that Wilson was referring to the royal family in his tweet.

"It's a hateful thing to say, but it's clear that's the sentiment of many- perhaps even some in the RF. We aren't surprised though. It always seemed like the goal was to push Meghan out, in favor of what Piers Morgan called, an English girl," one person commented.

"Of course that is what they wanted. They leaked against them constantly, set Meghan up as the penultimate villain, and worked with the media to humiliate her with stunts like the budget flight. Absolutely despicable people," another Twitter user added.

However, others defended the royal family and expressed support for the Queen’s decision to strip Prince Harry and Markle of their patronages.

"I’m sure the Royal Family would not wish for a marriage to break down to have Harry back," one Twitter user wrote, adding, "I don’t agree with the Sussexes in all they do or how they handle things but I wish them happiness."

Another commented, "The Queen is amazing!!! They can’t have it both ways, either they want to serve as a royal or they don’t. Love Harry, sad to see him do this, but he makes his own decisions for his family and his future."

"The Queen could strip them of HRH and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex titles. If she chooses but she has chosen not to, why would she? Harry is still her grandson and I would rather imagine she loves him. It is the titles where UK work was also required that have been removed," a third user pointed out.

"No I won't 'diss' the Queen...I like her. Blame the media for what 'they' report because they love to stir things up. Harry wanted less publicity but he's issuing statements, going on Oprah, got a Netflix deal, that's not wanting less publicity and that's why they're at him," another wrote.

Prince Harry and Markle's honorary military titles and patronages were returned to the Queen and will be distributed to the working members of the royal family after they decided not to return as working royals.

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 11: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend a service to mark the centenary of the Armistice at Westminster Abbey on November 11, 2018 in London, England. The Armistice ending the First World War between the Allies and Germany was signed at Compiègne, France on eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month - 11am on the 11th November 1918. This day is commemorated as Remembrance Day with special attention being paid for this year's centenary. Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images