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Will Harry & Meghan Lose Duke & Duchess Of Sussex Titles In 2021?

Will Harry & Meghan Lose Duke & Duchess Of Sussex Titles in 2021?

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan appear likely to lose their HRH statuses come March 2021—when the one-year review period on their exit deal concludes. But are their Duke and Duchess of Sussex titles at stake? According to royal expert Robert Lacey, Queen Elizabeth II may have already made a decision on Harry and Meghan's future as royals. Here's what the insider and biographer expects will happen with their titles.

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan's fate as "royals" may already be sealed. According to royal expert Robert Lacey, Queen Elizabeth II will likely remove their HRH statuses in March of next year—when the review period of their exit deal expires.

Should this happen, Harry and Meghan could rejoin public life as ordinary citizens. But will this affect their titles as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex?

Prince Harry & Meghan Markle likely to lose HRH titles: Report

In an interview with Express, royal expert Robert Lacey claimed that Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan will likely lose their HRH styles officially next year. They hadn't been using them in 2020, but they kept their titles as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Harry and Meghan's March 2020 exit deal was expected to be reviewed by the Queen, Prince Charles, and Prince William in January 2021. But Lacey holds the belief that the couple's future has already been decided by the Royal Family.

As part of the verdict, the Queen could remove Harry and Meghan's status as royals, meaning they would enter lives as ordinary citizens.

Harry and Meghan will remain the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

However, Lacey assures that the 2021 decision will not affect the titles held by Harry and Meghan as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

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Will Harry & Meghan Lose Duke & Duchess Of Sussex Titles in 2021?

"There are two titles involved, there is the HRH status and then there is the actual title of Duke and Duchess of Sussex," he told Express. "Obviously if the review in March concludes they can't stay working royals, then it's quite likely they would lose or forfeit their HRH styles."

Another possible solution is that the couple could keep their titles, but decide not to use them, as they did in 2020. It's expected that word of the Queen and Royal Family's decision on Harry and Meghan's review period will come early in 2021. But it would come as a shock if the couple lose their Duke and Duchess titles.