“Slap” to Prince Harry: on the family site he is no longer “His Royal Highness”


By John

On the royal family website The title of “His Royal Highness” has been removed from Prince Harry’s page (HRH). The modification of Prince Harry’s biographical information on the official website of the royal family is the culmination of a process that began in January 2020 with the ‘Megxit’, when the Duke of Sussex with his wife Meghan withdrew from royal roles, moving to California. Shortly after their decision and the agreement reached between the two parties, it was announced by Buckingham Palace that the Dukes of Sussex they could have kept the titles of ‘His Royal Highness’, but would no longer be allowed to use them after they resigned. The prince had then expressed the desire to be called “Just Harry”. For three years, until the last hour’s change, the royal website always referred to Harry – fifth in line to the throne – as “His Royal Highness”. Now, on his page Harry is qualified as “Duke” or “Duke of Sussex”, recalling that “in 2016 he underwent a public HIV test at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital to raise awareness”.

Grandchildren of the current King Charles III, Harry and Meghan’s children, four-year-old Prince Archie and two-year-old Princess Lilibet, are introduced on the Buckingham Palace website as ‘Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor’ and ‘Miss Lilibet Mountbatten -Windsor», with in addition since last March – when the grandfather officially became monarch – the reference to their titles of prince and princess.

In recent weeks, iThe site of the British royal house has been progressively updated with the inclusion of the titles of King Charles III and Queen Camilla, instead of Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, before the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Similarly, references to Prince William and his wife Kate as Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been changed to reflect the couple’s titles as Prince and Princess of Wales.

Although Harry no longer uses his title of HRH, he has retained his place as fifth in line to the throne: Harry is behind his brother Prince William and the Prince and Princess of Wales’ three children: Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, eight, and Prince Louis, five. Behind Harry in line for the throne are his and Meghan’s children: Prince Archie, four, and Princess Lilibet, two.