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Harry and Meghan will no longer use ‘His and Her Royal Highness,’ Buckingham Palace says

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will no longer use the titles His and Her Royal Highness after announcing they would step back from their roles as senior members of the royal family, Buckingham Palace announced Saturday.

By Max Foster and Dakin Andone, CNN

  (CNN) -- The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will no longer use the titles His and Her Royal Highness after announcing they would step back from their roles as senior members of the royal family, Buckingham Palace announced Saturday.

Prince Harry and Meghan are no longer working members of the royal family and will repay the Sovereign Grant funds they recently spent to renovate their official residence, Frogmore Cottage -- £2.4 million (about $3 million) of British taxpayers' money -- according to the statement.

As part of the agreement, the couple will be required to step back from their royal duties, including military appointments, and no longer represent the Queen, the statement from Buckingham Palace said.

Harry and Meghan will no longer receive funds for royal duties, it said. The arrangement will go into effect this spring.

"Following many months of conversations and more recent discussions, I am pleased that together we have found a constructive and supportive way forward for my grandson and his family," Queen Elizabeth II said in a statement.

"Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family," she said. "I recognise the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life."

The royal family has been discussing Harry and Meghan's future after the couple made a surprise announcement that they would step back from their roles as senior members of the family, split their time between the United Kingdom and North America and become financially independent.

Harry's mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, stopped using Her Royal Highness -- commonly referred to as HRH -- after her divorce from Prince Charles.


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  1. Only thing cooler than marrying a Prince is marrying a guy willing to throw it all away if you guys aren’t happy. I normally don’t care one bit about stuff like this, but there’s some teachable moments to be had here.

      1. Maybe, although I bet he’s more tuned-in to how the press is treating her than your average Prince would be, maybe due to the whole thing with his Mom dying while being chased by paparazzi. I was completely ambivalent until they made a break for it, I’m always happy to see people try to make their own way, it’s the only way you grow. I wish them good luck.

    1. No. No. No. What teachable moments? First of all, we fought a war specifically to be rid of oversight from that inbred family. He’s sixth in line. She ain’t no Wallis Simpson. What’s the lesson here?

      1. So, when you describe them as an inbred family yet we’re sitting here talking about a half-black ex-princess that you all hate so much, it’s kind of hard to figure out where to go from there. I suppose I could ask why she’s no Wallis Simpson, but I actually don’t want to hear your answer.

        Some teachable moments could be: Love your spouse fiercely, don’t let others influence your love for her/him even if it means telling the whole world to go screw themselves, push back when people (and that includes your family) treat your spouse badly, protecting the person you love is more important than a comfortable life and/or any amount of money/fame. I’m sure there are many more, but you get the idea.

    1. It does seem really odd that some people in this country follow everything the royal family does given our past history.
      Personally I think the entire concept of royalty is b.s, and I would think the British people would be a little tired of funding a very lavish lifestyle for them…

      1. When I was visiting the Truman Library, I saw some burnt timbers from when General Ross sacked the original White House. He torched Washington DC, and they were on display. We should have made them pay dearly for that one

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