The “downgrading” of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, on the royal family’s website is a “very cautious statement” by King Charles, according to a royal expert.
The Duke and Duchess have been moved from their previous positions in the Members of the Royal Family section of the site, with Harry now appearing under Princess Alexandra – a cousin of Queen Elizabeth who is 56th in line to the throne.
Royal biographer Angela Levin told the Sun the site is an accurate reflection of the roles played by working family members.
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“I thought it was a very cautious statement,” she told the publication.
“The fact is what they do is zero – it just shows people what they aren’t doing and how valuable that is in the royal family.
“I think putting Harry at the bottom is a kind of safety valve – you don’t expect anything from them.”
Richard Eden, the Daily Mail’s diary editor, previously said the Duke and Duchess had been “demoted”.
“To add insult to injury, there is now only one family member among them – and that is Prince Andrew, who has stepped down from royal duties following the scandal surrounding his ties to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein,” he wrote for Mail+ .
Eden claimed he was told by a royal source: “I hope this doesn’t go down badly in Montecito. The change was made because the Duke and Duchess are no longer working royals, as opposed to those who now rule over them.”
Eden shared his article on Twitter and called the move a “new ‘break'”.
Another royal expert has claimed there is “increasing tension” between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and King Charles over whether their children will receive royal titles.
According to Roya Nikkhah, the Times’ royal editor, Charles “hasn’t decided yet” how Harry and Meghan’s children will be addressed.
As the siblings are now grandsons of the monarch, they were expected to receive prince and princess titles.
But after Harry and Meghan retired from royal life in favor of a mansion in Montecito, California, and a bombastic Oprah interview, the situation still seems up in the air.
“It is understood that Harry and Meghan fear the King may strip Archie and Lilibet of their titles after he refused to immediately recognize their elevated status following the Queen’s death,” Nikkhah wrote.
Royal author Katie Nicholl has also weighed her thoughts, suggesting the king is indeed ready to call Archie and Lilibit prince and princess – but with a caveat.
“They currently remain ‘Miss’ and ‘Master’ and I’m told that is a very clear signal from the King,” Nicholls explained on True Royalty TV’s The Royal Beat.
“He’s ready to award those titles, but it comes with a caveat and that caveat is trust.
“They need to know that they can trust the family.”
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