Change for Royal couple
Harry and Meghan stripped of HRH titles and public funds
New arrangements: the couple will repay taxpayer’s money
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will no longer use their HRH titles and will not receive public funds for royal duties, Buckingham Palace has announced.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are stepping back form Royal duties, will repay £2.4m of taxpayer money spent on refurbishing Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Estate, which will remain their UK family home.
The Palace said the couple will also no longer formally represent The Queen and that the changes will come into effect in the spring.
The Queen said she recognised the ‘challenges’ faced by the couple over the past year, adding: “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.
“It is my whole family’s hope that today’s agreement allows them to start building a happy and peaceful new life.”
The couple’s spokesman issued a statement on their behalf which said: “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.