Meghan Markle is no longer listed a 'royal' or 'HRH'

Rebecca Calderwood
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From Cosmopolitan

  • Meghan Markle's royal title has officially been taken off the Smart Works charity website.
  • It comes months after the Duchess and Prince Harry stepped down from royal duties for a new life in Canada.

It was only a matter of time before Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's titles were dropped after stepping down as senior royals.

And on Saturday, Meghan's official "royal" title or any reference to her "HRH" status was officially removed from the Smart Works site.

Where the site previously included the section, "Our Royal Patron," it now reads "The Duchess of Sussex." Elsewhere, a page has since been named, “Our Patron, The Duchess of Sussex,” whereas it previously read, “Our Royal Patron HRH The Duchess of Sussex.”

Last September, Meghan announced she had teamed up with Smart Works, a charity devoted to helping women find job-appropriate clothing and employment opportunities.

She shared a first glimpse of the capsule collection on the Royal Sussex Instagram account back in August. “Behind the scenes,” the clip was captioned. “A sneak peek at the new @SmartworksCharity capsule collection shoot."

The move probably isn't a shock to some after the couple, who announced they were stepping down in January, previously confirmed that they would ditch the word 'royal' following their final public engagements.

The Queen also addressed how their HRH titles would be dropped in a statement back in January.

"With the Queen's blessing, the Sussexes will continue to maintain their private patronages and associations," the statement said.

"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."

The statement added: "Buckingham Palace does not comment on the details of security arrangements. There are well established independent processes to determine the need for publicly funded security."

Ahead of leaving the UK this month, the couple reportedly hosted a farewell lunch for their former members of staff from Frogmore Cottage, who were all told earlier this year that they were being dismissed from their roles.

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While it was said the Duchess - who has since started charity work in Canada - was seen getting "emotional" before attending one of her last engagements as a senior royal, the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.

It's never too late to change your mind, guys.

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