When Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan announced their decision to step down from the royal family at the beginning of 2020, it was met with widespread shock across the globe. However, people may not realize that over the years, there have been several other royals who have also chosen to distance themselves from the royal family.
Many times this decision comes as a result of a marriage that requires the relinquishment of a royal title. However, there have also been other reasons why members of the royal family have chosen to distance themselves. Click through the slides to find out about the royals from around the world who have stepped down!
Not Just Harry And Meghan: These Royals Also Left The Royal House
Princess Diana infamously divorced Prince Charles in 1996, which resulted in one of the Princess of Wales' titles being removed from her name. Diana could no longer be referred to as "Her Royal Highness" after her marriage to the Prince of Wales came to an end.
Prince Philip may be known as the Duke of Edinburgh today, but he was actually required to give up royal titles he held in other countries in order to gain this name! The royal was born into the Glücksborg royal family of Denmark and formerly known as Prince Philip of Greece and Dernmark. Upon marrying Queen Elizabeth II, he became a naturalized citizen of Great Britain and adopted the Mountbatten surname.