As the March 31 transition date for Meghan and Harry approaches, the couple is preparing to officially step down from their roles as senior members of the royal family.
Ever since Meghan and Harry (just Harry) bombshell announcement in January, the couple has moved quickly to separate themselves from the royal family, however, the effects of their decision became clear when one of Meghan's patronages removed every mention of her as a royal on its website.
On Saturday, Smart Works Charity, one of the organizations Meghan is a patron for, removed all mentions of her as either an “HRH” or “royal” on their website. The website used to house a section titled “Our Royal Patron,” which has since been changed to “The Duchess of Sussex.” Another page which was previously titled “Our Royal Patron HRH The Duchess of Sussex,” and has since been updated to “Our Patron, The Duchess of Sussex.”
Part of Meghan and Harry's agreement with the royal family regarding stepping down from their positions was that they would no longer use their HRH titles or the word "royal" in any of their work endeavours.
Announcing the terms of their decision to step back, a statement revealed in February 2020, "While The Duke and Duchess are focused on plans to establish a new non-profit organization, given the specific U.K. government rules surrounding use of the word 'Royal,' it has been therefore agreed that their non-profit organization, when it is announced this Spring, will not be named Sussex Royal Foundation."
Meghan and Harry are splitting their time between the U.K. and Canada, and the couple has already made their last appearance as royals on March 9 at the annual Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will step down as senior royals from March 31.
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