The deal Meghan and Harry reached with the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William in January is due for review in March. This review could simply formalize the departure of Meghan and Harry from the royal family and finalize the conditions already agreed in early 2020.
Royal author Robert Lacey believes there is a chance that the review will conclude that Meghan and Harry can no longer be called ‘royals’.
However, this will not result in the loss of their titles by the couple.
He told Express.co.uk: “There are two titles involved, there is the status of HRH and then there is the actual title of Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
“Obviously, if the March review concludes that they can’t continue working with royals, there’s a good chance they would lose or give up their styles of HRH.
“They’ve already put him on hold.
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“The way it’s presented at the moment is that they’re HRH but they choose not to use it, that doesn’t say they are prohibited from using it.
“If that develops in the future, I think it will be presented in the same way – they choose not to be royals anymore.
“It doesn’t mean they are giving up their titles.
“The queen awarded them these titles.
“The world is full of people with British titles and they are free to do whatever they want.
“Just like any other aristocrat their title is with them for life, they can choose not to use it because for most countries in the world Harry and Meghan are the star names that command the fascination of people all over the world. ”
While a title can be held by whoever receives it, the HRH style, which stands for His Royal Highness, is only used to address or refer to people close to the throne line.
Meghan and Harry announced in January their intention to step back as members of the royal family and criticized their statement as a halfway fix.
This would have seen them continue to lead royal engagements and represent the Queen on visits or tours abroad while being able to become financially independent and live abroad.
Following the meeting at Sandringham in January, the couple agreed to no longer use the HRH styles – but keep them – and no longer perform royal duties.
In turn, they were allowed to retain their bosses, become financially independent, and live abroad with their son Archie Harrison.
Since the end of March, when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex officially left the Royal Family as senior full-time members, Meghan and Harry have made several changes to their lives.
Over the summer, the couple spoke out on voting rights ahead of the US election, the Black Lives Matter movement and support for charities amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In July, Meghan, Harry and Archie moved into their new home in Montecito, Santa Barbara.
In September, they revealed that they’ve struck a deal with Netflix, which will see them become TV producers for streaming platforms.
And, over the past few months, in addition to volunteering for various charities, Meghan and Harry have also been working behind the scenes at their new foundation, Archewell.
The foundation, whose website was launched in late October, will focus on building more human and understanding communities both online and in real life.