All the little girls that dream of becoming princesses usually tend to forget that in reality being a princess comes with a lot of responsibilities, which can be overwhelming at times. So much so that they are willing to give up their Royal Highness title just to get out of the big fuzz. Does it ring a bell? We all know for sure by now that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are not members of the Royal Family anymore. Or, even if you give up your title, you are still considered Royal? Although I have never been a princess before and do not know how it really works, I can tell you how it really works.
The couple met in July 2016, got engaged in 2017, married in 2018, and recently announced they were giving up their titles. A lot has happened in only three years, but is it Megan’s fault? Different sources say that the Queen is not a fan of Megan, even though titles such as “Megan adjusted herself really well in the royal family” are published every day. Other sources report that his brother, Prince William, is not very keen on Megan and in fact has asked him several times to take things slow with her. As such, we have come to the day when the sentences start with rumor has it, so let’s not get carried away.
On January 20th, CNN published that the couple would give up their titles. According to them, the news comes after a flurry of conversations and crunch talks with the Queen, who said that she was “pleased” to find a “constructive and supportive way forward” for the Sussexes. While announcing their refusal to the royal title, the couple made it clear that they wanted to work to become financially independent while continuing to support the Queen. So what happens now? Harry and Megan will continue to live between Canada and Toronto, while maintaining their Frogmore Cottage residence on Windsor Estate, west of London. However, now they will have to pay rent. The couple will continue to conduct their royal duties, but the details are still unclear. They need to find a way to make money fast, as their security costs are not covered by the Royal family anymore. The couple has said that this “new life” of theirs will begin in the Spring of 2020, however, until then a lot of agreements with the Royal Family can happen.
One thing we know for sure is that they are not the first ones to give up their titles. Throughout history, a lot of royal family members gave up their titles for different reasons. Perhaps, there is no better example to support this statement than that of Princess Diana, Meghan’s late mother-in-law. At that time, she was an icon in the United Kingdom, loved and cherished by all English citizens. However, did you know that when Princess Diana died, she was not called a Princess or honored with that status? Well, everything started when she divorced Prince Charles in 1996, and, after that, she was not allowed to keep her official title. After exactly one year, she died in an accident. What a terrible coincidence! Furthermore, there are a lot of other examples. Norway’s Princess, Martha Louise, announced that she would stop using her title for “commercial contexts”. Princess Anne married Mark Phillips in 1973. Afterward, Phillips was offered an Earldom by the Queen but turned her offer down for reasons unknown to the public. Thailand’s Princess, Ubolratana, dropped her title because she chose to marry a “commoner”, similarly to King Edward VIII who abdicated the throne so that he could marry an American divorcee.
However, despite stepping down as members of their official duties, they are all still remembered as members of their royal families. So, it is only in rumor that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle gave up their titles!
Lorela is a sophomore at University of New York of Tirana. At Insider, she is a journalist for the 1st Managing Board.