Queen Elizabeth gives Prince William new title as Harry and Meghan gave up HRH status
Queen Elizabeth has updated Prince William's title in recent light of Prince Harry and Megan Markle giving up their Royal and Honorary status. Prince William has now been given the title: Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.
The new title comes along to add to the 37-year-old's list of titles including The Duke of Cambridge and Earl of Strathearn.
Prince William's new title gives him the capacity as “the Sovereign’s personal representative to the Annual General Assembly of the Church of Scotland” whose role will be to make opening and closing speeches to the Assembly and perform other official duties as announced by the government announced on Saturday.
The need for the new title arose when brother Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex gave up their royal titles in what is being dubbed “Megxit.” by the media. The announcement came about a week ago in a shattering Instagram post that the couple, who are parents to 8-month-old Archie, forfeited royal life, siting a desire for financial independence and to raise their son “with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born” while leaving the U.K. as reasons for their decision.
“Discussions with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage. We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through.” The crown responded:
And an emergency family meeting between Prince William, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Harry, and Prince Charles took place to hash out details — however, Markle, then in Canada, wasn’t present.
Last week, Buckingham Palace announced that the couple will no longer carry out royal and military duties, nor will they receive public funds for them. “With The Queen’s blessing, the Sussexes will continue to maintain their private patronages and associations,” read the notice. “While they can no longer formally represent The Queen, the Sussexes have made clear that everything they do will continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty. The Sussexes will not use their HRH titles as they are no longer working members of the Royal Family.”