Being born into the royal family comes with many formalities — especially if you are the grandson of the Queen and son of the future King of England.
While many formalities involve the uniform you wear or where you stand in relation to the Queen, the simplest of all is the moniker bestowed to you. Prince.
During an event for his sustainable travel initiative, Travalyst, in Edinburgh, Scotland, the event host, Ayesha Hazarika said: “He’s made it clear that we are all just to call him Harry, so ladies and gentlemen please give a big, warm Scottish welcome to Harry.”
On Janurary 22, Harry and wife Meghan Markle released a lengthy statement via their website Sussex Royal, which stated that they will officially step back on March 31, 2020.
Before this time, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will still be referred to as His and Her Royal Highness, but have agreed to give up the labels as part of the transition.
Harry and Meghan will still remain “a valued part of Her Majesty’s family”, however, their need for a more independent life as a family, removed “the supposed ‘public interest’ justification for media intrusion into their lives.”
While he will no longer be a working royal, he is still the “grandson of Her Majesty and the second son of The Prince of Wales” and will remain sixth in line to the throne of The British Monarchy with the “Order of Precedence” being “unchanged”.
Harry and Meghan will also be required to give up the use of “royal” in any of their future projects — including in their plans to create a “non-profit” entity, with more information to be released mid this year.
But, it’s not the first time the Sussexes have chosen to forgo a royal title.
Their son, Archie, who is now nine-months-old, did not receive a moniker when he was born, simply being referred to as “Archie” and his full-name Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
At the time of publication, Harry and Meghan will still carry out six more royal engagements — Prince Harry’s attendance at the Invictus Games on February 28 and the couple returning to London for Commonwealth Day celebrations on March 9.
WATCH: Sky News reports on Prince Harry dropping his royal title.