What does the transition for Harry and Meghan mean?
The couple “will still retain the titles but they will not be allowed to use them,” said royal biographer Penny Junior which will prevent them from “capitalizing on their royal status”.
Not losing the titles means that “if anything were to change”, Harry and Meghan could be allowed to become working members of the royal family again.
The Queen has previously removed “royal highness” titles. In 1996, she removed the styling from “former wives” of the royal family with the exception of widows.
That meant that Princess Diana was no longer referred to as her royal highness, a decision that was unpopular at the time.
“Harry and Meghan have actually done nothing disgraceful all they have done is say that they can’t put up the pressure with being royal,” said Junor.
Harry will also be relinquishing military appointments including as captain-general of the royal marines but both he and Meghan will keep their personal patronages. Prince Harry will continue his work as founder of the Invictus Games, for instance.
But without Harry and Meghan, there could be a lot “more work to go around” forcing other members of the royal family to take over their royal engagements.
Why is this happening?
Harry and Meghan said earlier this month that they wanted to scale down their royal engagements and become “financially independent” in a monumental announcement that jumpstarted “crisis talks” in the family about their future roles.
The couple had previously spoken about the pressures of media attention with Meghan admitting that she was struggling in the spotlight.
In an October statement announcing legal action against select British tabloids, Harry said he had been “a silent witness to her private suffering for too long.”
“The treatment of Meghan at the hands of sections of the media hasn’t just been ‘negative’ or ‘bad’ – it has been downright racist. That’s what should bring shame on our country, not so-called ‘Megxit’,” Wes Streeting, a Labour MP tweeted in reaction to criticism from British presenter Piers Morgan.
“Only surprised it took her so long to get Harry to ditch his family, the Monarchy, the military and his country. What a piece of work,” Morgan had tweeted.
But many observers have said British tabloid coverage of Meghan is racist, comparing what was said about Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge and what has been said about Meghan.