Prince Harry and Meghan set to drop titles and retire as working royals

Buckingham Palace on Saturday said Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will no longer be working members of Britain’s monarchy and will pay their own way in life as they begin an independent future.

They will also no longer use their “Royal Highness” titles, as they sought to end the turmoil in the monarchy sparked earlier this month when they announced they wanted to reduce their official duties and spend more time in North America.

The queen and senior family members met last week to discuss the situation and have been in “constructive and friendly” discussions with officials on how this stepping back would work in practice for Harry, 35, and his wife, Meghan, 38.

Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family, Queen Elizabeth said in a statement issued by the palace, referring to the couple’s baby son.
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 queen said she was “particularly proud” of how quickly Meghan had become one of the family.

The couple married in May 2018 in a lavish ceremony at her home in Windsor Castle, west of London in front of a global TV audience of millions.

Harry will remain a prince and the couple will keep their titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex as they begin a new life split between North America and Britain, but they will not take part in any future ceremonial events or royal tours.

The couple would no longer receive public money and that they would repay the cost of refurbishing their cottage in Windsor, which official figures show amounted to 2.4 million pounds ($3.1 million).

Meghan is currently in Canada with Archie and Harry is expected to join her soon.

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