Entertainment / 22-01-2020

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry giving up public funding and use of HRH titles: What does that mean?

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry giving up public funding and use of HRH titles: What does that mean?

Among the announcements made about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry following their decision to "step back" from royal duties was one detailing new protocol for the duo's royal titles and use of public funding.

While Buckingham Palace announced the news, it didn't exactly explain what that means and just how important those two items are.

HRH titles refer to the term "his/her royal highness," which is spoken and written in front of the names of princes and princesses, as well as their spouses. For example, Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton are both referred to as his/her royal highness.

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 10, 2018 file photo Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, and Meghan the Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry watch a flypast of Royal Air Force aircraft pass over Buckingham Palace in London. As part of a surprise announcement distancing themselves from the British royal family, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan declared they will “work to become financially independent” _ a move that has not been clearly spelled out and could be fraught with obstacles. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

The statement from Buckingham Palace said that "The Sussexes will not use their HRH titles as they are no longer working members of the Royal Family." It's important to note that Harry, 35, is still recognized as a prince and direct grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, and he did not renounce, nor was he stripped of the title, but he has agreed simply not to use it.

The term "working members" refers to those carrying out royal duties, such as William, Middleton and Prince Charles.

In addition to retaining the title of "prince," Harry also will still be known as the Duke of Sussex, and Markle, 38, will be called the Duchess of Sussex.

It is reported that the crown is currently reviewing the stylization of the royal couple's titles and an announcement will soon be made with exact details.

The second part of the deal is that Harry and Markle will give up public funding.

No long-term plans for Harry and Markle have been announced in terms of how they'll raise funds.

22-01-2020 06:15, source: foxnews, by James Foster
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