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Queen can decide to strip Harry and Meghan of Duke and Duchess titles

Buckingham Palace has officially announced Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will not be returning as working members of the Royal Family.

In a statement, it was revealed: “Following conversations with The Duke, The Queen has written confirming that in stepping away from the work of The Royal Family it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service.”

As part of this, Harry will be stripped of his honorary military titles, and they will lose their Royal patronages.

But why will Harry and Meghan keep their Duke and Duchess of Sussex titles? Here we explore.

Why will Harry and Meghan continue to be Duke and Duchess of Sussex?

Harry and Meghan will not be stripped of their Duke and Duchess titles, which they were given by the Queen when they married in 2018.

This is clear because Buckingham Palace referred to them as “the Duke and Duchess of Sussex” in the statement.

Keeping the titles was part of the terms of their Royal exit.

So far they are allowed to keep the titles because the Queen has the right to control who in her family gets, keeps or will have their titles removed.

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But the Queen does act on the behalf of the government, so if she was asked to strip her grandson and his wife of these titles, she would have to seriously consider it.

For now, they are not using their HRH titles, as they are no longer working members of the Royal Family.

HRH, an abbreviation of His/Her Royal Highness, is used as part of the title of some members of the royal family.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will continue to be known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

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Harry is still a Prince by birthright, so he is still known as Prince Harry – and will remain sixth in line to the throne.

Meanwhile, Harry has been stripped of his military titles including The Royal Marines, RAF Honington, Royal Navy Small Ships and Diving.

Meghan will also lose her patronages with The Royal National Theatre and The Association of Commonwealth Universities.

A spokesperson for Harry and Meghan said: "As evidenced by their work over the past year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex remain committed to their duty and service to the UK and around the world, and have offered their continued support to the organisations they have represented regardless of official role.

"We can all live a life of service. Service is universal."

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