Britain’s Prince Harry And Meghan To Surrender Their ‘Royal Highness’ Titles

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United Kingdom’s Prince Harry speaks during the opening ceremonies of the the2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada Sept. 23, 2017. (DoD photo by EJ Hersom)

Prince Harry and his American wife Meghan will no longer be known as “royal highnesses,” surrendering their top titles in another break with their lives as servants of the crown, a palace statement said Saturday.

They will also repay millions spent on renovating their mansion, as the couple step back from their royal duties and begin to split their time between Britain and Canada.

The announcement of a new deal for Harry and Meghan both giveth and taketh away.

The couple win their freedom from a palace-centric life of duty serving the queen as “senior working royals,” which they found suffocating – especially the intense, often harsh media coverage.

But in exchange, they give up the “HRH.”

This means that Harry and Meghan’s titles will be pruned back. Harry’s official title was “His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex” and Meghan’s was “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex.” The statement confirms that they have lost the “HRH” part.

When Princess Diana and Sarah, the Duchess of York, divorced their royal husbands, they, too, lost their royal highness titles.

It seemed clear that Harry and Meghan wanted to keep at least some part of their titles – and hardly surprising given that they use “SussexRoyal” on their Instagram, website, and are reportedly trying to register that as part of a global trademark.

On their new website, SussexRoyal.com, Harry and Meghan included a question-and-answer on titles in the “funding” section of their site.

They ask: “Do any other members of the Royal Family hold a title and earn an income?” and answer: “yes, there is precedent for this structure and applies to other current members of the Royal Family who support the monarch and also have full time jobs external to their commitment to the monarchy.”

They may have been referring to people like Harry’s cousin Beatrice, or “Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York,” who works in finance.

Harry and Meghan announced they will repay $3 million in British taxpayer funds that was used to refurbish their home near Windsor Castle, a five-bedroom, former fixer-upper known as “Frogmore Cottage.”

Polls have shown that the majority of Britons are in favor of the couple giving up their life as full-time royals, but they did not want the taxpayer picking up the tab.

They will also give up the salaries they received to perform as senior working royals.

The loss of top titles was expected.

Harry will continue on as prince and the couple will still be known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, titles awarded to the couple by the queen on the occasion of their wedding.

 (c) 2020, The Washington Post · William Booth, Karla Adam

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11 COMMENTS

  1. Reap moon. The couple may ever start new curious dinners.

    Rest if you are a ba’al teshuvah. In every family, someone must buck it.

    Free porridge buffet. They have a new restive freedom. I say it works.

  2. Prince Harry is a complete total moron. Like almost everyone else in Hollywood, their marriage won’t last longer than a few years, if that. Once this former Prince gets divorced in a foreign country, what’s he going to do? Crawl back to the Queen begging for readmittance? Harry is a selfish loser.

  3. a lesson should be taken from here to all Jews, just as we think he’s crazy for doing this, for letting go of his royal heritage and life- don’t we all act that way sometimes? sons and Jewish daughters, Bnei Melachim we stem from royalty and so many of us, so many times we choose to let go of what makes us unique and royal to mingle with everyone else, with foreign spouses, live in foreign countries and take upon ourselves foreign behaviors asking our king to let go of us and leave us alone to do as we wish, then those foreign people who were so nice turn their backs on us, how foolish of us, how lucky for us that when we crawl back asking our father and king for re-admittance he embraces us back even when we don’t deserve it,

    • That’s great mussar from the whole episode, Proud Jewish Daughter, and probably an example of how we should really be reading the news (if we read it at all). Really good points, thank you.

      • very true, there are so many things we can learn from what happens in the world and as Jews we have a unique way of viewing it all.
        everything that happens if for us and to teach us.

  4. Prince Harry is not worse than the queen and her husband, who are from the biggest criminals in the world today. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip were convicted for the Oct. 10 1964 for the disappearance of ten native children at the Kamloops Residential School in British Columbia Canada. The order to arrest Queen Elizabeth was issued in 2013 by six judges of the International Common Law Court of Justice in Brussels. About a year later, in May 2014, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip were found guilty and prosecuted for kidnapping these children along with the torturing and murdering of 50,000 cases of other missing children!

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