Buckingham Palace unveiled yesterday the exit terms agreed by the Queen and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. And one royal author found the decision to prevent Meghan and Harry from using their HRH styles “mean-spirited”.
Nigel Cawthorne, author of Call Me Diana: The Princess of Wales on Herself, told Express.co.uk: “The palace’s decision to strip Prince Harry and Meghan of their HRH titles does not fall far short of being mean-spirited.
“They don’t stand accused of having committed a heinous criminal act.
“All they requested was to be allowed to lead a more private life not funded by the state.
“The palace’s graceless response is unnecessarily harsh and shows that no lessons has been learned since the divorce of Harry’s mother from the Prince of Wales.”
Princess Diana, the late mother of Prince Harry and Prince William, lost her HRH style after divorcing from Prince Charles in 1996.
Afterwards, the People’s Princess became known as Diana, Princess of Wales – very similar to the style Meghan and Harry will have to adopt when spring comes, as they will be known respectively as Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, and Harry, The Duke of Sussex.
However, unlike Diana, the Sussexes haven’t been formally stripped of their HRH styles but have been told they can no longer use them.
The terms of the so-called Megxit deal sees Meghan and Harry gain the freedom of living between the UK and Canada and pursuing new business and charitable ventures.
However, the statement read, “they are required to step back from Royal duties, including official military appointments.”
The statement continued: “They will no longer receive public funds for Royal duties.
“With The Queen’s blessing, the Sussexes will continue to maintain their private patronages and associations.
“While they can no longer formally represent The Queen, the Sussexes have made clear that everything they do will continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty.
“The Sussexes will not use their HRH titles as they are no longer working members of the Royal Family.”
While their status within the Royal Family changed, going from prominent senior royals to minor ones, the Queen herself stated Meghan, Harry and Archie will forever remain much-loved members.
She said: “Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much-loved members of my family.
“I recognise the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life.
“I want to thank them for all their dedicated work across this country, the Commonwealth and beyond, and am particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family.
“It is my whole family’s hope that today’s agreement allows them to start building a happy and peaceful new life.”
This morning, hours after these statements were released, the Queen was seen broadly smiling as she went to church in Sandringham.
With her, there was Prince Andrew, who stepped back from royal duties after his disastrous interview with Emily Maitlis in mid-November.
Public figures, royal fans and social media users have equally shared their reactions to the statements in the past hours.
Among them, Prime Minister Boris Johnson wished the Sussexes the “very best” for their future.
He said: “I think the whole country will want to join in wishing them the very best for the future.
“I said before that I was sure that the Royal Family will find a way forward & I’m sure it will”.