Harry and Meghan to Give Up Royal Titles

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Photo by Rob Pinney/LNP/REX/Shutterstock (9312858j)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are soon to simply Harry and Meghan. 

Following the duo’s announcement that they are stepping down as senior members of the royal family, comes an announcement from the head of the family, Queen Elizabeth II with details of the split. 

According to the official announcement from the monarch and Buckingham Palace, Prince Harry and Markle will lose their royal titles of “His Royal Highness” or “Her Royal Highness” but will retain their titles as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. 

But that’s not all. 

In their announcement, the couple wrote that they have made the decision to work towards “becoming financially independent” something which the Queen took very seriously as it has also become known that the couple will also repay taxpayers for renovating Frogmore Cottage, and will no longer receive public payment for their royal duties.

“With The Queen’s blessing, the Sussexes will continue to maintain their private patronages and associations. While they can no longer formally represent The Queen, the Sussexes have made clear that everything they do will continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty,” the statement reads. “The Sussexes will not use their HRH titles as they are no longer working members of the Royal Family. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have shared their wish to repay Sovereign Grant expenditure for the refurbishment of Frogmore Cottage, which will remain their UK family home.”

According to the announcement, the changes will take effect this spring.