How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Royal Exit Has Impacted the Line of Succession
More clarity is finally being shed on the details of the couple's unprecedented step back.
Amid Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's decision to step back from their senior roles in the British monarchy, one question has left royal fans puzzled: Does the Duke of Sussex get to keep his position in the line of succession? Speculation thus far was that he indeed would maintain his place in line to the British throne, but a firm answer was just announced to clear up any confusion.
"As the grandson of Her Majesty and second son of The Prince of Wales, Prince Harry remains sixth in the line of succession, and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's status in the Order of Precedence is unchanged," a spokesperson for the couple said, according to People. The statement went on to further explain confusing parts of the couple's royal split. "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will formally retain their 'HRH' styles, but they will not actively use them. They will continue to be known as The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as well as by their titles of The Earl and Countess of Dumbarton and The Baron and Baroness Kilkeel."
As for when all these changes will officially take place? Prince Harry and Meghan's new chapter will commence on April 1, People confirms. Once their royal duties wrap up on March 31, "The Duke and Duchess will be spending their time in both the United Kingdom and North America," a spokesperson for the couple explained. "In addition to continuing to work closely with their existing patronages as they build a plan for engagements in the U.K. and the Commonwealth throughout the year, The Duke and Duchess have also been undertaking meetings as part of their ongoing work to establish a new non-profit organization. The details of this new organization will be shared later in the year."
Since this journey is incredibly unprecedented, a period of review was agreed upon to reassess the couple's state of affairs in 12 months. "As there is no precedent for this new model of working and eventual financial independence, the Royal Family and The Sussexes have agreed to an initial 12-month review to ensure the arrangement works for all parties," the same spokesperson noted. As part of the review period, People's source explains that, "Harry will retain the ranks of Major, Lieutenant Commander and Squadron Leader during this 12-month period, however, his honorary military positions will not be used. No new appointments will be made to fill these roles before the 12-month review of the new arrangements is completed."