Prince Harry's “His Royal Highness” title was finally removed from his profile page on the royal family's website, three years after he and his wife Meghan Markle stepped down from their roles as working royals. The change was made after a report on the oversight was published by the British outlet Express last Friday.
Under the agreement made between the couple and the royal family in January 2020, Harry and Markle would no longer use their “HRH” titles after stepping back from their official positions. HRH titles are spoken and written in front of the names of princes and princesses, as well as their spouses.
The two references to Harry that were changed from “HRH” to “the Duke of Sussex” or “the Duke” were made on Tuesday. This change brings Harry's profile page in line with the agreement that he and Markle made with the royal family in 2020.
The British outlet Express reported that the royal family's website still referred to Elizabeth as the reigning monarch, even though she had died and Charles had been crowned king. The outlet also found other outdated references on the website.
Buckingham Palace responded to the report by saying that the website contains over 5,000 pages of information and that it is a “periodic” process to revisit and update the content. They also said that “some content may be out of date until this process is complete.”
As of Tuesday, all of the outdated references on the website that were pointed out by Express had been corrected.
Buckingham Palace did not respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital.
According to the publication, Harry's profile was moved lower on the website's landing page. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex' profiles are now below those of the working royal family members.
Prince Andrew's profile is listed last on the landing page. Andrew lost his HRH title, military roles, and royal patronages in January 2022 following allegations of sexual abuse, which he denied.
In February 2022, Andrew settled a lawsuit with his accuser Virginia Giuffre, an American woman who alleged that the royal raped her when she was a teenager at the home of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
The two instances in which Harry was referred to as “His Royal Highness” on his profile page were related to his work on HIV/AIDS awareness and stigma reduction.
In January 2020, Harry and Meghan announced that they were stepping back as senior members of the royal family. As part of this agreement, they agreed to no longer use the “HRH” title.
Harry remains fifth in line to the throne behind his brother William and William's children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.
The royal family's website was updated in March to reflect the change in titles for Harry and Meghan's children.
Archie and Lilibet, the couple's son and daughter, were now named Prince and Princess of Sussex on the website's line of succession page. Previously, they were known as Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor and Miss Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor. They are now sixth and seventh in line to the throne behind their father.
The change in titles was made after Harry and Meghan's grandfather, King Charles III, ascended to the throne in September 2022. As grandchildren of the reigning monarch, Archie and Lilibet are now entitled to the titles of Prince and Princess.
The royal family's website was updated one day after Harry and Meghan used the title of Princess for the first time when announcing Lilibet's christening.
The changes to the website were made in accordance with a 1917 decree issued by King George V, which states that the children and grandchildren of a reigning sovereign have the automatic right to the titles of prince or princess and HRH.
After Charles ascended to the throne in September 2022, his grandchildren Archie and Lilibet became eligible to receive royal titles. As monarch, Charles could have revoked their titles, but he chose not to when Harry and Meghan decided to use them.
A spokesperson for Harry and Meghan said that the children's titles had been a birthright since their grandfather became monarch. They said that the matter had been settled for some time in alignment with Buckingham Palace.