Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ‘quite likely’ to lose HRH titles claims expert
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could be stripped of their royal titles next year after a string of possible indicators, an expert has claimed.
The runaway royals stepped down from senior royal duties in March as they sought a life of independence away from the Palace.
Harry and Meghan repaid the taxpayer cash used to give Frogmore Cottage a makeover and they stopped receiving handouts – but they kept their HRH status.
Queen Elizabeth II allowed the pair to step back from their duties for a year and said she would re-evaluate their decision in March 2021.
One expert has now predicted that the Queen's crunch meeting in March could spell the end of their HRH titles.
It would mean the royal pair are formalised as private citizens, and no longer referred to as a Royal Highness.
Dr Anna Whitelock said that Prince William being given Harry's former role of Captain General of the Royal Marines is the clearest indicator yet that Harry is out of the royal fold forever.
She told the Express: "I suspect very little will change and there is no sign of Harry and Meghan wanting to return to the royal fold and all the rigmarole and responsibility that comes with that.
"The fact that Prince William has been approached to take over the role of Captain General of the Royal Marines previously held by Harry before he was stripped of his military appointments after stepping back from royal duty, suggests there is no expectation of a formal return to royal business for the Sussexes from either side.
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"Instead it is more likely that the review will focus on the small print of what kind of commercial/media ventures the Sussexes might seek to be involved with and what the Palace might seek to prohibit.
"And so, in short, the review will most likely formalise the split, at least for now, than signal the beginning of a rapprochement.”
Royal historian Robert Lacey was also of the same opinion as he said: "There are two titles involved, there is the HRH status and then there is the actual title of Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
"Obviously if the review in March concludes they can't stay working royals, then it's quite likely they would lose or forfeit their HRH styles. They have already put it into suspension.”
Harry and Meghan are currently living in a plush mansion in Santa Barbara with their son, Prince Archie.
They have taken the first steps towards financial independence having put pen to paper on an eye-watering Netflix deal.
The contentious contract could land them in hot water at the meeting, according to reports, as senior royals have been left fuming at the streaming platforms portrayal of palace life in The Crown.
Daily Star has approached Meghan and Harry for a response.
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