LONDON — Prince Harry and his American wife Meghan will no longer use their royal titles, and will repay millions spent on renovating their mansion, a palace statement said Saturday, as the couple step back from their royal duties and begin to split their time between Britain and Canada.
The couple will repay $3 million in British taxpayer funds that was used to refurbish their home on the Windsor Castle estate grounds, known as “Frogmore Cottage.”
They will also give up their salaries they received to perform as senior working royals.
The loss of top titles — the “HRH” that makes one a “royal highness” was expected. They will continue to be known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
In a statement, the queen said, “I am pleased that together we have found a constructive and supportive way forward for my grandson and his family. Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family.”
Elizabeth II continued: “I recognize the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life.”
The queen reached out Meghan, thanking the couple for “all their dedicated work,” and adding, “I am particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family.”
In a second statement, Buckingham Palace announced: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are grateful to Her Majesty and the Royal Family for their ongoing support as they embark on the next chapter of their lives.”
This new arrangement means “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.”
The changes will go into effect in spring this year, the palace said.
The palace said, “With The Queen’s blessing, the Sussexes will continue to maintain their private patronages and associations. While they can no longer formally represent The Queen, the Sussexes have made clear that everything they do will continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty.”