Just when we thought Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepping down as senior royals was the ultimate plot twist, Prince Harry is now changing his own name! What is going on?
Read ahead as we reveal the reasons behind Prince Harry's name change and what, exactly, his new name is.
Meghan Markle has undoubtedly left a mark in the royal family
The public has been absolutely obsessed with the former actress when she started dating Prince Harry in 2016. And since their marriage in 2018, Prince Harry has made several significant life changes, even going as far as to change his name.
Meghan was given the title of Duchess of Sussex after marrying Harry in a lavishing wedding.
As a result, she became the first divorced biracial American woman to join the British royal family.
The dedicated royal couple have worked hard together to fulfill their duties
Meghan has been on several royal tours and trips across the world since her marriage to the Prince.
The world found itself fond of the pretty Duchess
Her stunning appearance and refined manner enchanted people worldwide, and her support for feminism and women's organizations established a good example in the royal family.
Unfortunately, things got ugly pretty quickly
When Meghan joined the royal family, she was immediately criticized, mostly because she "wasn't royal enough."
Since Meghan became royalty, she's been branded a "diva."
According to reports, Meghan was particularly high-maintenance in the palace, with servants reportedly quitting their jobs due to her behavior. Although none of these stories are trustworthy, they have successfully made their way into newspapers worldwide.
Anything Harry and Meghan do causes a stir: even travelling on private jets has sparked controversy in the media
Many people have noted that, in the midst of recent conversations on climate change, the couple has frequently been flying from one area of England to the other on a private jet, a very inefficient way of transportation that can ultimately harm the environment. Meghan, unsurprisingly, was the one who faced the heat.
People would not Stop there, Meghan was also Shamed as a Parent
After paparazzi photos of her clumsily carrying baby Archie surfaced, she was constantly mom-shamed - a struggle that many new moms can relate to. Shaming a new parent is totally inappropriate, and it was clear that the press desperately tried to evoke hate.
In an interview, the Duchess opened up about constantly living under the spotlight
When she was asked how long she could handle the public's attention, rumors, and lack of privacy, Meghan said she just takes "each day as it comes."
"I think the grass is always greener. You have no idea. It's really hard to understand what it's like. I know what it seems like it should be, but it's a very different thing."
A Lot of People Noticed that Meghan was Trying Hard to Hold Back Her tears
"I really tried to adopt this British sensibility of a 'stiff upper lip.' I really tried, but I think that what that does internally is probably really damaging," she explained.
Things Seemed To Have Gotten Out Of Hand For The Couple
The royal couple announced their stepping down as senior members of the royal family in January on their joint Instagram page:
"After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as 'senior' members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent while continuing to support Her Majesty The Queen fully."
The Good News Is That The Pair Now Have The Ultimate Freedom To Run Their Own Lives
Meghan may now pursue other interests outside of royal etiquette, but Harry will always be devoted to his royal status.
Not many expected this move by the couple
Following their formal departure from the royal family, the couple is reported to be "taking a few months off," according to one expert.
Earlier last year, the couple stepped down from their royal responsibilities…
And by doing so, they have officially given up their titles as well as any public funds.
The couple has even moved with their son out of their rented mansion in Canada and off to LA (the same place Princess Diana was dreaming of moving to before her death).
They're said to be seeking jobs and hoping to find their dream home
Meghan also revealed that she'd received her first job.
Playfully voicing a Disney+ documentary about elephants, Meghan landed her first job.
Right now, the couple are expected to reveal their next charitable project and future plans
However, they will take a "few months off" because they "need a break" after the birth of their second child, Lilibet.
On The Heir Pod Podcast, Omid Scobie Talked about the Behavior of the Couple
Omid Scobie commented on this situation, saying:
"It is interesting because we had such a build-up since January to the departure of Meghan and Harry stepping back as senior working royals. Suddenly on March 31, it sort of crept up on us really quickly. We had the couple announcing the beginning of their transition period over the next year on Instagram. At the same time, they were announcing that they are closing down their social media and their website and taking a break for the next few months. It's sort of taken everyone by surprise, I think."
"There was so much talk in the press about the couple preparing projects and ready to launch initiatives. When actually it was two people that were like, 'We need a break too,'" he continued.
Meghan and Harry announced two weeks ago that they would be deactivating their social media accounts.
It would have been difficult for the couple to announce their next venture in the midst of the pandemic.
According to CTV's Laney Lui, the Break is the Right Thing to Do
Lui thinks that announcing anything new in the current time would have been "insensitive" for Meg and Harry.
And it seems that everyone agrees with Lui.
"I think that is, both on a personal and a professional level, a smart move. No one is moving forward with plans right now, and if you do have plans to move forward with it's not really a good look to be flaunting that in people's faces. Other people are permanently in a no-go zone right now. Nobody is getting any momentum with anything, so for them to be like 'woohoo, look at us, we have all these things on the agenda,' it would have been insensitive."
The Formal Royal Couple Shared a Farewell Message
They assured fans they would continue the hard work. They said:
"While you may not see us here, the work continues. Thank you to this community – for the support, the inspiration, and the shared commitment to the good in the world. We look forward to reconnecting with you soon. You've been great! Until then, please take good care of yourselves and of one another."
Dropping their roles had an impact on Prince Harry's life, including his full name!
Prince Harry's full name has been revealed In the registration documents of his new green travel firm, Travalyst.
Firstly, the Royal surname of Prince Harry has now been dropped
He no longer uses the titles HRH or Mountbatten-Windsor.
He's also ditched the surname he used at school and in the army; Wales.
Such a big change, Harry
However, the Royal Family's website states this at the time of writing:
"The Prince of Wales chooses to alter the present decisions when he becomes king, he will continue to be of the House of Windsor, and his grandchildren will use the surname Mountbatten-Windsor."
From now on, his full name is…
Prince Henry Charles Albert David, Duke of Sussex.
That is some change…
But no matter how many times he changes his name, in the hearts of every Brit and the hearts of the rest of the world, Prince Harry will always be the same Prince Harry.