Prince Harry and Meghan Markle drop royal titles

In an unprecedented move, Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle have dropped their royal titles.

The official announcement was released from the Buckingham Palace on January 18. According to the Queen, the royal family has spent months of discussions trying to come up with a solution to Prince Harry and Meghan's wish to live "more independent life."

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle drop royal titles
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wish to live a more "independent life".

The Queen's message stated, "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."

They added that Harry, Meghan and their son Archie "will always be much loved members of my family."

The Royal family explained that they recognize that Harry's family had been under "intense scrutiny" that they wish to have more freedom and independence.

The Queen ended her statement with, "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."

They extended their hope will lead to Harry and Meghan having a "happy and peaceful new life."

A separate statement was also released explaining how their family agreement will affect Harry and his family. It explained further that they will no longer be using their royal titles and receiving any public funds.

The Royal statement reads, "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."

On Harry and Meghan's social media accounts, "Sussex Royals", they also posted a lengthy message explaining their decision to make a "transition" to a more private life. They clarified that even if they already "step back" from their royal duties they will continue to support the Queen.

"After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen," excerpt from their statement reads.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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