Alastair Bruce took to Sky News and gave his view on the news Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have quit royal life entirely and intend to hand back their royal titles and the £2.4million of tax payer cash spent on their Frogmore Cottage renovation. He said: “This is an abdication.” He added: “We now know it will be Harry and Meghan, there will be no more Royal Highness, no more representing the Queen on great occasions, no more being part of the royal and ceremonial royal family, no more military involvement and no more pubic money.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are to drop their HRH styles and become known as Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.
The change will take effect in the spring as the couple will no longer be working royals.
Although they will not use their HRHs, they will still retain them.
Harry, who was born a prince of Wales, remains a prince. He has been styled an HRH since birth.
He was given the title the Duke of Sussex by his grandmother the Queen on the morning of his wedding.
American former actress Meghan Markle became HRH the Duchess of Sussex after saying her vows.
Buckingham Palace said in a statement on Saturday: “The Sussexes will not use their HRH titles as they are no longer working members of the Royal Family.”
In the Queen’s statement sanctioning their new life earlier this week, the monarch referred to the couple not at first by their official titles.
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Archie will, however, be entitled to be HRH and a prince when the Prince of Wales accedes to the throne – although Harry and Meghan almost certainly will not opt for this now.
Harry’s mother was stripped of her HRH style and her title the Princess of Wales – becoming Diana, Princess of Wales following her divorce from the Prince of Wales in 1996.
The Duke of York’s ex-wife, who was HRH the Duchess of York, became Sarah, Duchess of York after they split.
The abdicated Edward VIII became the Duke of Windsor and finally married American divorcee Wallis Simpson while in exile in France in 1937, and none of the royal family attended.
But he kept his HRH style.
A Letters Patent by his brother, the new King George VI, decreed that Edward “having been born in the lineal succession to the Crown” should be “entitled to hold and enjoy for himself only the style title or attribute of Royal Highness”.
Mrs Simpson became the Duchess of Windsor, but was never permitted to adopt the style of an HRH, with George VI’s Letters Patent forbidding it.