Prince Harry and his wife stepped back from senior royal duties in March 2020, relocating to Meghan’s home state of California in the US. They have been stripped of the ability to use the HRH title afforded to senior members of the Firm, and since confirming they would not return to the Royal Family life, they have lost various other patronages and affiliations.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex continue to use this title in public life, although they have attracted criticism from both sides of the Atlantic for doing so.
Cele Otnes, a professor of marketing specialising in how the Royal Family brands itself, told Express.co.uk that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s continued use of their titles after Megxit highlights the confusion around their new branding.
She commented: “I think it’s kind of meaningless.
“If you’re not involved in the Royal Family, and you can’t use the HRH, and the Queen has said to you, ‘Fine, if you don’t want to be involved, you’re not involved.’ What does it mean?
“It’s a nickname you give yourself.”
She raised the possibility that when Prince Harry’s father, the Prince of Wales, takes the crown, the Duke and Duchess could lose these titles, as well as the HRH label.
Plans for Prince Charles to institute a ‘slimmed-down’ monarchy when he carves out the direction of his reign have long been speculated.
Professor Otnes, co-author of ‘Royal Fever’, questioned: “Who knows if those titles will still be even accessible to them after…