The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have shared all the details of their separation from the Royal Family on their official website. The changes – which include becoming financially independent, dropping the ‘Royal’ title and no longer representing The Queen at engagements - will take effect in Spring of this year.
Prince Harry and Meghan have decided as a family to become more independent in the hopes of stopping the tabloid criticism that follows their every move – the same criticism that forced Prince Harry to file a lawsuit against certain publications in the fear that his wife will meet the same fate as the late Princess Diana.
While we’ve been reassured that Prince Harry and Meghan are still “a valued part of Her Majesty’s family”, as of Spring 2020 they “are required to step back from Royal duties and not undertake representative duties on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen.”
We’ve also learned that they won’t only be dropping HRH titles, but the Sussex Royal brand entirely. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex do not intend to use “Sussex Royal” or any iteration of the word “Royal” in any territory”.
The statement reveals the ripple effects of the withdrawal, sharing how The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Institutional Office has been closed as it’s funded by The Prince of Wales. This puts loyal, long-time staff members out of a job – although they’re being taken care of (probably quite well, we’d imagine).
Despite all the changes, Prince Harry still remains sixth in line to the throne and the family will still be looked after by security to ensure their safety, and the safety of baby Archie, while they travel between the UK and North America.
Hopefully this step back gives Harry and Meghan the peace they’ve been looking for.
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