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The Queen’s statement about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ‘hints couple may lose royal titles’

OK! logo OK! 13/01/2020 Catriona Rigney
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The Queen’s statement about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepping down as senior royals and splitting their time between Canada and The UK in the future could hint that the couple may lose their royal titles, royal experts have claimed.

In a statement released by The Queen, 93, today, the monarch referred to Prince Harry, 35, and wife Meghan Markle, 38, by their first names rather than their royal titles of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Elizabeth II wearing a blue hat: Queen Elizabeth II © Getty Queen Elizabeth II

This is an unusual move for royal statements and experts claims this could mean that Harry and Meghan could lose their HRH titles.

Royal commentator Victoria Arbiter tweeted: "I do think it was very striking, particularly in a statement from the Queen

"Are they having to give up their titles? This would be an indication they are."

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MORE ON THIS STORY:

Queen gives reluctant blessing to Harry and Meghan's plans (The Guardian)

Trudeau says 'lots of discussions' still to be had about Royal's move to Canada (Evening Standard)

Opinion: At the heart of the Sussex saga is a brotherly bond that needs mending (Sky News)

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Meanwhile, The Mirror's royal editor Russell Myers said: "It really is quite remarkable to see the Queen referring to Meghan and Harry by their first names rather than as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

"Official titles are always used on official statements, so this is highly unusual.

"This could be a huge hint about Meghan and Harry's future within the royal family, and it could even suggest that they may give up or lose their HRH titles."

The Queen's full statement, which was issued on Monday evening by Buckingham Palace, read: "Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family.

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"My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family.

"Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.

"Harry and Meghan have made clear that they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives.

"It has therefore been agreed that there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the UK.

"These are complex matters for my family to resolve, and there is some more work to be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days."

The Queen's statement came after Prince Harry, 35, attended "crisis talks" at Sandringham with The Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William to discuss his and Meghan's future in the royal family after their shock announcement to step back.

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