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The Titles Prince Harry Has Lost After Leaving The Royal Family

Prince Harry finally sealed his fate as a non-working member of the British royal family to embrace a more independent life in the United States.

In February this year, Buckingham Palace released an official statement: "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have confirmed to Her Majesty, The Queen that they will not be returning as working members of the Royal Family.

Following this decision, the Sussexes are no longer required to perform royal duties in service to Her Majesty and on behalf of the British crown.

So what titles and royal privileges they have lost following their decision to step back from royal role? Prince Harry retains in his place in the line of succession, however. Currently. he is sixth, just below his nephew, Prince Louis of  Cambridge, and above his uncle, Prince Andrew, the Duke of York .

As there was no official letter patent issued by Her Majesty to strip him and his wife of the courtesy style of HRH, they remained Their Royal Highness, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

However, they are not allowed to use HRH on a private capacity and could not use "Sussex Royal" in their business dealings and non-profit organizations.

In recent letter sent by Meghan to a particular organization she stopped using the Sussex Royal logo, instead used the Archewell Foundation logo.

They are no longer be titled to public funds and, because they are not working members of the royal family, no longer subject to police protection.

They need to drop also a number of royal patronages including those of the military because they do not serve the Royal Family in an official capacity.

They are allowed, however, to retain their private patronages because these are not related to the British crown.

The official statement from Buckingham Palace read:

"The Queen has written confirming that in stepping away from the work of The Royal Family, it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service".

"The honorary military appointments and royal patronages held by The Duke and Duchess will therefore be returned to Her Majesty before being redistributed among working members of The Royal Family".

The Queen allowed to keep their Duke and Duchess of Sussex titles because these were bestowed on them upon marriage in 2018. However, they are not allowed to use HRH and "royal" styles in their business dealings and future non-profit organizations.

The patronages Harry and Meghan lost

They have lost their respective roles as president and vice president of The Queen's Commonwealth Trust. She also lost her royal patronage as patron of The Royal National Theatre and Patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

Prince Harry lost the following military honorary titles: Captain General of the Royal Marines (previously belonged to his grandfather, Prince Philip. The Duke of Edinburgh, upon his retirement from public duty in 2017, relinquished the title to Harry in 2017), Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Honington and Commodore-in-Chief, Small Ships and Diving, Royal Naval Command.

He also lost his patronages with London Marathon Charitable Trust, The Rugby Football League and The Rugby Football Union.

The patronages the Sussexes retained

There are patronages Harry and Meghan retained, all in private capacity. Meghan will remain patron of Mayhew, an animal welfare charity and Smart Works, an employment charity.

Harry will also remain patron for the Invictus Games Foundation, Rhino Conservation Botswana, African Parjs and Sentebale, which he established with the Prince of Lesotho.

He has also kept his patronages with Dolen Cymiru, the Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Find, MapAction and WellChild.

Although a number of people favors the suggestion that Prince Harry be removed from the line of succession, the Queen still hesitant to do so. It's not clear, however, if her decision will change in the days to come.


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