Under the conditions of the ‘Megxit’ agreement, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will lose their HRH titles just like Princess Diana when she divorced Prince Charles.
The couple will no longer be known as ‘royal highnesses,’ a palace statement said. They will also pay back millions spent on renovating their mansion as they stepped back from their royal duties to divide their time between the UK and Canada.
They will now be known as Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.
This mirrors the title given to Prince Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, when she was stripped of her HRH, and became Diana, Princess of Wales, one year before she passed away.
The announcement was made by the Buckingham Palace and marked the conclusion of discussions about the future of Prince Harry and Meghan as senior members of the family and royal aides.
The changes to the couple’s titles will take effect in spring and they will no longer use HRH titles.
“The Sussexes will not use their HRH titles as they are no longer working members of the Royal Family,” the Buckingham Palace said in a statement.
It was 24 years ago when Princess Diana also dropped her HRH title. Lady Diana Spencer gained the title HRH Princess of Wales when she tied the knot with Prince Charles in 1981 but dropped the HRH title after their divorce in 1996.
She had surrendered the title voluntary and since then she was referred to as Diana, Princess of Wales.
Diana passed away only one year later and Buckingham Palace started discussions on whether to posthumously restore her HRH title. However, officials decided not to do so after her family said it would’ve been against her wish.
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