Well, it’s all happening, folks! Spring 2020 has arrived, which means that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have officially started their non-royal lives. While they’ve already made some of the big changes, like move to away from the U.K. to Canada, they’re still easing into others, like the whole giving up their royal titles thing.
Part of the deal when they stepped down from their duties was that they had to walk away from their royal titles, and they, er, didn’t seem pleased about it! In a statement, Harry and Meghan shadily said that the Queen didn’t have “jurisdiction” over the word “royal” overseas, but agreed to give it up nonetheless. Plus, they had filed to trademark their “Sussex Royal” brand, so it seems like they weren’t expecting the palace to take away their HRH status.
And though Meghan and Harry are still using “Sussex Royal” for their Instagram and website, some of the foundations that they support are already starting to remove Harry and Meghan’s royal titles from their sites. According to Us Weekly, the Smart Works charity has changed Meghan’s title from “Our Royal Patron HRH The Duchess of Sussex” to “The Duchess of Sussex,” and Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) has begun referring to Meghan as “our Patron, The Duchess of Sussex,” instead of “ HRH The Duchess of Sussex.”
But it’s not all of their patronages yet—some them still have Meghan and Harry listed as royals, cause, ya know, the charities are too busy doing good things/trying to change the world to update their websites. Still, seems like it’s only a matter of time before we’re all referring to Meghan and Harry simply as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
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