Prince Harry’s ‘His Royal Highness’ Title removed from Royal Family Website Profile
Prince Harry’s title as “His Royal Highness” has been removed from his profile page on the official royal family website, according to recent reports. The alteration was initially unnoticed until Express UK brought attention to the matter. The modifications involved eliminating two references to the aforementioned title from his bio.
The “His Royal Highness” designation had been used in relation to Prince Harry’s efforts in raising awareness about HIV/AIDS in 2016. It has now been substituted with “the Duke” or “the Duke of Sussex.” Notably, Prince Harry was granted the dukedom upon his marriage to Meghan Markle in 2018 by his late grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.
The royal family’s website has yet to reflect several changes in royal titles that occurred subsequent to the passing of Queen Elizabeth. The site still lists Queen Elizabeth as the reigning monarch, refers to King Charles as “The Prince of Wales,” and addresses Queen Camilla as “the Duchess of Cornwall.”
A Buckingham Palace statement affirmed, “The Royal Family website contains over five thousand pages of information about the life and work of the Royal Family. Following the death of Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, content has been revisited and updated periodically. Some content may be out of date until this process is complete.”
After Prince Harry and Meghan’s decision to step down from their roles as working royals in 2020, Buckingham Palace disclosed that the couple would no longer use their HRH titles. Instead, they would be recognized as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and addressed individually as Harry, the Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex. Subsequently, the couple frequently introduced themselves using their first names only.
In the line of succession, Prince Harry is fifth, trailing behind his brother Prince William and Prince William’s three children. Prince Harry and Meghan’s offspring, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet, are also in the succession line following their father.
Upon King Charles assuming the throne, the royal family’s website underwent modifications to alter Archie and Lilibet’s titles from “Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor” and “Miss Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor” to Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet. These titles were not initially bestowed upon Harry and Meghan’s children at birth but were granted subsequently as grandchildren of the reigning monarch.
A representative for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex conveyed to People, “The children’s titles have been a birthright since their grandfather became monarch. This matter has been settled for some time in alignment with Buckingham Palace.”