Meghan and Harry warning: Sussexes told to ‘be smart’ and drop royal titles immediately

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Meghan Markle, 39, and Prince Harry, 36, stepped down as senior members of the Royal Family at the beginning of 2020. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have since moved to California with their son, Archie, and plan to be financially independent of the Royal Family. However, the Queen has stopped the royal couple from using their titles in a professional capacity.

Royal expert Marlene Koenig has said Meghan and Harry should go by Sussex like other royals who are in business.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Ms Koenig said: “I have written that I think it would be smart for them to use just Sussex.

“For the simple reason, in business, it’s Eugenie York and Beatrice York.

“When Prince Edward was running Ardent, he was Edward Windsor.”

Ms Koenig also explained Harry needs to “face the consequences” of exiting the Royal Family as he lost his military titles to another member.

Harry was stripped of his titles: Captain-General of the Royal Marines, Honorary Air Force Commandant of the Royal Air Force Base Honington, and Honorary Commodore-in-Chief of the Royal Naval Commands’ Small Ships and Diving.

Ms Koenig said Prince William is likely to receive the titles.

She said: “He already knew that he was going to lose the position with the Marines.

“He’s not being stripped of his ranks just his military assignments.

“He’s living in the US, they need someone who is in the United Kingdom to represent and take part in the formal events when needed.

“There was a rumour that is was going to Princess Anne but it’s going to be Prince William.

“They’re going to put second in line to the throne which is ceremonial. He made a decision, there are consequences.

“You can’t have your cake and eat it too.

“You chose to leave and therefore there are certain things you will no longer have access to.”

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According to the book Finding Freedom by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, Harry was devastated by the loss of the roles.

Mr Scobie and Ms Durand write: “Harry’s lifelong commitment to the military was why the Mountbatten Festival of Music three days later was a particularly difficult moment; he was set to wear his Captain-General of the Royal Marines uniform for the very last time.

“During a conversation backstage, on arrival, Harry told Major General Matthew Holmes; ‘I’m devastated that I am having to step down.’

“‘It was so unnecessary’, Meghan later told a friend of the decision to strip Harry of his military honours.”

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