Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to drop ‘royal highness’ titles, pay for Frogmore cottage renovations
The couple will be known as Harry, Duke and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.(Reuters: Toby Melville)
Buckingham Palace says Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, will no longer use the titles “royal highness” or receive public funds under a deal struck for them to step aside as senior Royals.
Key points:The new arrangements will take effect from “spring 2020″While Harry will remain a prince, the couple will be known as Harry, Duke and Meghan, Duchess of SussexThe palace says the couple will repay some $4.7 million of taxpayers’ money spent renovating their home near Windsor Castle
Releasing details of the split, triggered by the couple’s unhappiness with life under media scrutiny in the royal fishbowl, the palace said Harry and Meghan would cease to be working members of the royal family when the new arrangements take effect within months, in the northern “spring of 2020”.
They will be known as Harry, Duke and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.
The couple will no longer use the titles His Royal Highness and Her Royal Highness, but they are not being stripped of them.
Harry will remain a prince and sixth in line to the British throne.
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The agreement also calls for Meghan and Harry to repay 2.4 million pounds ($4.7 million) in taxpayers’ money that was spent renovating a house for them near Windsor Castle, Frogmore Cottage.
The use of public funds to ready their home had raised ire in the British press.
The couple’s departure is a wrench for the royal family, but Queen Elizabeth II had warm words for them in a statement on Saturday
The 93-year-old Queen said she was pleased that “together we have found a constructive and supportive way forward for my grandson.