Megxit – The announcement that Prince Harry and Duchess Megan would be stepping away from their royal duties shocked the world in January…
The couple announced their decision to step down from the official duties of the royal family in an Instagram post in January 2020.
It read: “After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment.”
Since then, they have moved out of the UK, and spent a few months living on Vancouver Island in Canada with their 10-month-old son, Archie. Now it is reported that they are starting their new lives in Los Angeles, and Meghan is reigniting her acting career. They have also started a foundation named after Archie.
Throughout all the drama, there has been some confusion over whether or not the couple will still be royals?
In February, The Duke of Sussex asked delegates at a tourism conference in Edinburgh to address him simply as Harry. However, he does still retain a number of official titles.
No more HRH
Harry and Meghan are still the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and are still members of the royal family. However, as of the end of March 2020, they will no longer be using the HRH (His/Her Royal Highness) prefix as they aren’t active (working) senior members of the royal family.
This was detailed in a statement from the Sussex Royal website: “As agreed and set out in January, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will retain their “HRH” prefix, thereby formally remaining known as His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex and Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will no longer actively use their HRH titles as they will no longer be working members of the family as of Spring 2020.
Earl, Countess, Baron, Baroness remain
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are also still the Earl and Countess of Dumbarton (their Scottish titles), and The Baron and Baroness Kilkeel (their Irish titles).
He’s still a prince
“As the grandson of Her Majesty and second son of The Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex remains sixth in line to the throne of The British Monarchy and the Order of Precedence is unchanged,” said the statement.
Military titles remain
“In relation to the military, The Duke of Sussex will retain the rank of Major, and honorary ranks of Lieutenant Commander, and Squadron Leader. During this 12-month period of review, The Duke’s official military appointments will not be used as they are in the gift of the Sovereign. No new appointments will be made to fill these roles before the 12-month review of the new arrangements is completed,” said the statement.