Prince Harry Made Another Move Away From His Former Status as a Senior Royal

Emily Dixon
Photo credit: BEN STANSALL - Getty Images
Photo credit: BEN STANSALL - Getty Images

From House Beautiful

  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle agreed to stop using their HRH (Her/His Royal Highness) titles after they stepped down as senior royals.

  • On the website of Harry's sustainable tourism coalition, Travalyst, he is no longer referred to as "HRH The Duke of Sussex," but simply, "The Duke of Sussex."

  • At a Travalyst event in February, he asked that attendees "just call him Harry."

Prince Harry is sticking to a commitment he made earlier this year, after he and Meghan Markle announced they would be stepping down as senior members of the royal family. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex agreed to stop "actively" using their HRH (His/Her Royal Highness) titles after their transition away from working royal duties, and both have subsequently honored that agreement. The latest instance: The website for Travalyst, Harry's sustainable tourism initiative, has been updated, as People reports. The site previously said the initiative was "led by HRH The Duke of Sussex"; now, it reads "led by The Duke of Sussex."

In an official statement on their website, the Sussexes set out how their titles would change after they stepped down. "As agreed and set out in January, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will retain their “HRH” prefix, thereby formally remaining known as His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex and Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will no longer actively use their HRH titles as they will no longer be working members of the family as of Spring 2020," the statement read.

Harry made headlines at a Travalyst conference in Edinburgh, Scotland earlier this year, when he appeared to reject his former royal titles. Introducing him, journalist Ayesha Hazarika said, "He's made it clear that we are all just to call him Harry. So ladies and gentlemen, please give a big, warm, Scottish welcome to Harry."

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