The now former Duke and Duchess of Sussex, confirmed their final retirement from the British royal family, leaving their military titles and royal patronages.
It was in 2020 that Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, announced their resignation as high-ranking members of British royalty.
This news was shared by themselves from their official Instagram page:
“After several months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year to begin forging a new progressive role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the royal family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to support Her Majesty, the Queen. “
Why did they quit?
According to statements given by themselves, the independence of the crown was their main motive, as well as the distribution of their time between the United States and the United Kingdom.
Another reason was to get away from the pressure and drama in his family. Meghan is currently expecting her second baby, not to mention that Queen Elizabeth II has not entirely accepted Harry’s wife into the royal family.
What do they lose by giving up the royal titles?
According to a statement from Buckingham Palace:
- The couple will no longer receive financial support from the public fund of the sovereign budget, will not be able to attend royal engagements and will no longer represent Queen Elizabeth II in any way.
- Harry will lose the title of Captain General of the Royal Marines and Honorary Commander of the Royal Air Forces.
- The prince will also cease to be a youth ambassador for the Commonwealth of Nations.
However, Harry will never cease to be a prince because he is by birthright, and he will maintain his position in the line of succession to the throne.