Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Losing Their Royal Titles: Why Queen Elizabeth Is ‘Proud’ of Meghan

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are officially leaving behind their titles and exiting the royal family, according to a new statement released by the palace. The latest announcement also shares details about their plan to pay back the millions of dollars for the renovations done to their Frogmore Cottage home, while Queen Elizabeth shared her blessing for the couple in a new statement.

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Prince Harry and Markle are losing their titles, repaying Frogmore Cottage renovation costs

There’s been plenty of debate about whether Prince Harry and Markle should retain their royal titles after announcing they’d be exiting the royal family. Many royal fans and critics believed they should be stripped of the titles moving forward and, according to the palace announcement, along with taking a “step back” as senior members of the family, they will no longer use HRH titles.

Buckingham Palace shared the details in a statement: “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.”

That statement continued: “As agreed in this new arrangement, 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. 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,” the statement noted. “The Sussexes will not use their HRH titles as they are no longer working members of the Royal Family.”

Additionally, the couple intend to repay £2.4m of taxpayer money used for their Frogmore Cottage renovations, with the statement sharing: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have shared their wish to repay Sovereign Grant expenditure for the refurbishment of Frogmore Cottage, which will remain their UK family home.”

Buckingham Palace would not comment on the “details of security arrangements,” sharing, “There are well established independent processes to determine the need for publicly funded security. This new model will take effect in the Spring of 2020.”

Queen Elizabeth is “proud” of Meghan

Additionally, Queen Elizabeth shared some brief remarks about the outcomes of their discussions on the matter, including a note that she’s “proud” of Meghan.

A statement from the queen noted: “Following many months of conversations and more recent discussions, 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. I recognise 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 statement continued: “I want to thank them for all their dedicated work across this country, the Commonwealth and beyond, and am particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family.”

She added: “It is my whole family’s hope that today’s agreement allows them to start building a happy and peaceful new life.”