IN 2020, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle famously left their royal roles behind as they headed to the United States.
Now, Harry is no longer a senior working royal, many are left wondering is he still a prince? Here’s everything you need to know.
Is Harry still a prince?
Yes, Harry is still a Prince by birthright and is still in the line of succession to the throne.
However, in the wake of Megxit, it was confirmed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would no longer use their HRH titles.
A spokesperson for Harry and Meghan said they remain “committed to their duty and service to the UK and around the world” despite not having official roles in the Royal Family.
They added: “As evidenced by their work over the past year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex remain committed to their duty and service to the UK and around the world and have offered their continued support to the organizations they have represented regardless of official role. .
“We can all live a life of service. Service is universal.”
Prince Harry has been stripped of his honorary military titles including The Royal Marines, RAF Honington, Royal Navy Small Ships and Diving, however, he has held onto the honors he earned during his 10-year career in the British Army.
Meghan also lost her patronages with The Royal National Theater and The Association of Commonwealth Universities.
A statement from the Palace read: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have confirmed to Her Majesty The Queen that they will not be returning as working members of The Royal Family,”
“While all are saddened by their decision, The Duke and Duchess remain much loved members of the family.”
Shortly after the announcement on February 19, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) confirmed that Harry would be stepping down from his role as a patron.
It said in a post on the England Rugby Twitter account: “We would like to thank Prince Harry for his time and commitment to the RFU both in his position as Patron and Vice Patron.
“The RFU has greatly valued his contribution to promoting and supporting the game.”
Meghan and Harry are now living in the US, where they are raising their son Archie and daughter, Lilibet.
What’s happened so far
- July 2016: Harry and Meghan met on a blind date. They were introduced by a mutual friend, Harry said.
- November 2016: Photographs of the couple were published, showing them on holidays, eating and attending events together. Kensington Palace released a statement on behalf of Prince Harry saying that Meghan had been “subject to a wave of abuse and harassment” since the photos had been released.
- October 2017: Meghan Markle conducted an interview talking about what it was like to date a member of the Royal Family.
- November 2017: The couple announced their engagement.
- 19 May 2018: Meghan and Harry married at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, and officially became the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
- October 2018: Kensington Palace announced that the newlyweds were “very pleased” to be expecting a baby in the spring of 2019.
- 6 May 2019: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born at the Portland Hospital in London after Meghan went into labor in the early hours of the morning.
- June 2019: Harry and Meghan were criticized after it was revealed that their home – Frogmore Cottage – was renovated with £2.4m of taxpayer-funded costs.
- July 2019: Archie was christened during a private ceremony. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex did not announce Archie’s godparents.
- August 2019: Prince Harry and his brother Prince William have been at the center of rift rumors for months.
- September 2019: Meghan guest-edited the September issue of British Vogue magazine.
- October 2019: During an interview, Prince Harry said he and his brothers were “on different paths”. He also opened up on his dislike for paparazzi. Following the interview which was aired in an ITV documentary, Harry said he could no longer be a “silent witness” to Meghan’s “private suffering”.
- December 2019: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex released a black and white Christmas card with their son Archie.
- January 2020: Harry and Meghan announced in an Instagram post that they wanted to step down as “senior” members of the Royal Family and become financially independent while splitting their time between the UK and North America. Later, it is understood that they had not informed any other members of the firm of their decision before publishing the statement on social media.
- March 2020: After spending time in Canada, the couple moved to Los Angeles – with former US president Donald Trump tweeting that the US would not pay for their security. Harry and Meghan uploaded their final post to Instagram, explaining to their 11.3 million followers that they will no longer be maintaining the Sussex Royal account or the Sussex Royal website.
- July 2020: Meghan Markle had a miscarriage.
- August 2020: Finding Freedom, an unofficial biography based on the couple’s split from the Royal Family, was released in the UK.
- November 2020: Harry and Meghan handed the keys to Frogmore Cottage to Princess Eugenie. At the end of November, Meghan wrote a personal essay for the New York Times saying she had a miscarriage in July which had caused her and Prince Harry “unbearable grief”.
- December 2020: Harry and Meghan landed a £30million deal with Spotify for their own podcast. Prince Harry and Prince William are said to keep in touch and to have “reconnected” over the Christmas period. There are also reports that the Cambridges and Sussexes have sent each other gifts.
- 14 February 2021: Harry and Meghan announced that they are expecting their second baby. They said: “We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother.”
- 19 February 2021: Buckingham Palace confirmed Harry and Meghan will not be returning as working members of the Royal Family. Harry lost his military titles.
- March 2021: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s sit-down, tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey airs in the US and the UK.
- 17 April 2021: Prince Harry attends the funeral of Prince Philip. Meghan Markle remained in California.
- 19 May 2021: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle celebrate their third wedding anniversary at their new home in Santa Barbara, California.
- 4 June 2021: Prince Harry and Meghan welcome their second child into the world. Meghan gave birth to their daughter at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California. The couple named their new child, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.
- 4 August 2021: Meghan celebrates her 40th birthday. In honor of the milestone birthday, Meghan launched 40×40 – a campaign encouraging people around the world to spend 40 minutes of their time supporting women re-entering the workforce.
- September 21: Harry and Meghan part of Time’s Most Influential People roundup of 2021.
- April 2022: The couple returned to the UK for the Invictus Games opening ceremony. It was also reported that both Harry and Meghan visited the Queen while in the country.
- June 2022: Prince Harry and Meghan attend the Service of Thanksgiving as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
- August 2022: Meghan begins hosting her “Archetypes” podcast, which is exclusively available to stream on Spotify.
- 8 September 2022: Queen Elizabeth died while at Balmoral Castle. The country goes into a state of mourning. Harry and Meghan arrived in the UK shortly after Her Majesty passed away.
- 19 September 2022: The couple attended Queen Elizabeth’s state funeral, alongside the Royal Family and King Charles.
- October 2022: Prince Harry’s highly anticipated memoir Spare publication date revealed for 2023.
- November 2022: Prince Harry is battling Netflix in a bid to get his controversial documentary screened when his memoir hits shelves.
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