Now that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have officially stepped down from their royal duties and the family, a lot of things will be changing for them... including Harry's name.
Yep, Harry's surname has suddenly become very complicated now that he's stepped down. Read on to find out what it now is...
Now, the whirlwind love story began back in 2016.
When Suits actress Meghan Markle started dating Prince Harry, her career as an actress seemed to be instantly swapped for a life fulfilling royal duties.
After a year of dating, Harry and Meghan announced their engagement...
They married in May 2018...
Which made Meghan an official part of the royal family.
It was the most magical of days...
And Meghan was christened with her official title, the Duchess of Sussex.
The couple announced their pregnancy shortly after the wedding...
And Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born in May of 2019.
But even though the little family seemed to radiate with happiness...
This was far from the case behind the scenes as Meghan was relentlessly attacked by the British press and public.
Anything she did or said...
via: GettyThe British media had something to say about it. Whether she was being branded as a diva, a control-freak, a "monarchy ruiner," and even a bad mother, Meghan received it all.
Even though Meghan bravely put a smile on her face throughout it all...
There was absolutely no doubt that she was struggling.
This is what lead to the couple to make the bold decision to step down from royal duties in January 2020.
In a joint statement, Harry and Meghan said that they wanted "a normal upbringing for their child" and they feel that spending their time between the U.K. and America would be much more appropriate for their family environment.
This came as a huge shock worldwide...
But nobody was more shocked than those in the royal family.
Apparently, the Queen wasn't notified of Harry and Meghan's plans to step down from the family until after their announcement on social media.
via: GettyHer Majesty published a statement shortly afterward, which read: "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."
Harry's relationship with his brother William also reportedly came under strain following his departure.
via: GettyThe future King of England was reported to have distanced himself from Harry and Meghan, with claims surfacing that the pair didn't speak for months.
Even though the family is now residing in Los Angeles...
via: GettyMeghan and Harry are still receiving a lot of heat from the British press for "breaking up the royal family."
The pair also revealed that they will be venturing into the world of TV and rumors began to surface that they had signed a multi-million dollar Netflix deal...
Leaving fans of the royal family completely baffled.
And not only that...
But their joint-biography, Finding Freedom, was a huge success in many parts of the world - especially here in the United States.
The pair seem to be living the lives they've always wanted in L.A...
Aw! Such incredible news. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting a second baby. Beautiful image. Happy Valentine’s Day all! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/3v0M3NtHQy— Sarah Packer (@Sarah_EmilyP) February 14, 2021
And to make things even more exciting, they announced on Valentine's Day that they're expecting their second child together with the most beautiful photoshoot.
But the happiness among fans wasn't to last...
As last week, it was announced that Harry and Meghan will not be returning as working members of the royal family.
A statement from Buckingham Palace said the royals were "saddened by their decision" but that Harry and Meghan "remain much-loved members of the family."
"Following conversations with The Duke, The Queen has written confirming that in stepping away from the work of The Royal Family it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service," the statement read.
"The honorary military appointments and Royal patronages held by The Duke and Duchess will therefore be returned to Her Majesty, before being redistributed among working members of The Royal Family."
Predictably, the announcement triggered a media storm...
I'm a Commonwealth citizen - old enough to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh awards & wave a Union Jack. I'm young enough to see my country become a Republic. Meghan & Harry look like the Commonwealth. They are young, vibrant. This is the Royal Family's loss.— Ceci (@cecijande) February 19, 2021
And among all of the love and support came the negativity and unbelievable surges of criticism... particularly toward Meghan.
Of course, this abuse is the kind of stuff that prompted Meghan and Harry to depart from their public life in the first place...
And we can't say we don't blame them for wanting more privacy as their own little family grows!
So, what happens now Harry and Meghan are no longer working members of the royal family?
Well, the pair have been very vocal about continuing their charity work working with organizations who they associated with when they were royals... which pretty much means that they'll continue doing everything they normally would do but without the royal titles!
And what does this mean for Prince Harry's official name?
His name won't actually change but things have suddenly just become an awful lot more complicated due to him stepping down from the royal family.
Firstly, Prince Harry doesn't have a surname like us ordinary folk.
In fact, the official name listed on Archie's birth certificate is His Royal Highness Henry Charles Albert David Duke of Sussex.
However, when he served in the military, Harry used the last name "Wales" and was known as Captain Harry Wales, according to a circa 2011 Telegraph article.
And as for where Mountbatten-Windsor comes from?
Well, this name came into royal use back in 1960, when the Queen and Prince Philip decided they wanted their non-titled descendants to have their own "special" last name - which is why baby Archie goes by this surname.
Mountbatten is the name of Philip's maternal grandparents while Windsor is the surname King George settled upon. Simple enough, right?
So, now that Harry isn't a royal on paper, he would normally be expected to take on the Mountbatten-Windsor surname...
But unbelievably so, Harry reportedly hasn't signed any paperwork with that name since April 2020 so for now, he's simply Harry, Duke of Sussex... or Prince Harry, as we all prefer to know him.
Either way, Harry can use Mountbatten-Windsor whenever he wants...
A part of the Queen's 1960 declaration states that when members of the royal family need a last name, they can use Mountbatten-Windsor.
On top of that, it should be noted that Prince William and Kate Middleton's children use the last name Cambridge at school, which suggests Harry could potentially use Sussex as a last name if he wanted to.
Ah, to live the life of a royal!
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