“For a happy, peaceful life”: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle decide to drop their royal titles

  • Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle have dropped their royal titles
  • According to Buckingham Palace’s statement, the couple wished to have a “happy, peaceful life
  • After dropping their royal titles, Harry and Meghan will also stop receiving royal funds and will start paying “rent” for their Frogmore Cottage, their UK family home

In a surprising announcement, Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, have reportedly dropped their royal titles.

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The Buckingham Palace released an official statement from the Queen on January 18. According to the Queen, the decision was made after long discussions between the royal family to support Prince Harry. They shared that “Harry, Meghan and their son Archie will always be much loved members of our family.”

The Queen further explained that their family recognizes Harry’s wish to live “a more independent life” after being “under intense scrutiny” for two years they’ve been married. The Queen thanked Harry and Meghan for their work and shared how she’s “particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family.”

They hope that their decision will lead Harry and Meghan towards having a “happy and peaceful new life.”

In a separate statement, the Royal family explained further that Harry and Meghan will no longer be using their royal titles and receiving any public funds. They will also start paying for “rent” of their Frogmore Cottage, which will remain their UK family home.

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The Royal statement reads, “As agreed in this new arrangement, they understand that they are required to step back from royal duties, including official military appointments. They will no longer receive public funds for royal duties.”

Meanwhile, Harry and Meghan have welcomed this “transition” to lead a more peaceful family life. They clarified that even without royal titles, they will continue to support the Queen.

“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new 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 fully support Her Majesty The Queen,” excerpt from their statement reads.