Lower. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been downgraded on the royal website.
The Royal Family page has the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s biographies listed at the bottom from Wednesday, September 28. They are just above Prince Andrew â which was moved to the very last place in the list.
The change comes amid several updates to the website amid the September 8 death of Queen Elizabeth II. Along with removing the Queen from the list of living royals, the official site also changed the titles and the order in which the family members appear.
Before the queen’s death, she figured first with King Charles III (then listed as the Prince of Wales) and Queen consort Camilla (then listed as the Duchess of Cornwall) next. Princess Kate and Prince William were next.
After the first two heirs to the throne and their wives, the list was made up of Elizabeth’s children in the following order: Princess Anne, Prince Edward, Countess Sophia and Prince Andrew (who is older than Edward).
Then Harry, 38, and Meghan, 41, were listed before the Queen’s first cousins. Princess Alexandra and her husband Michael, the Duke of Kenthad their profiles above Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester and wife Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester. To complete the biographies of the royal family, there was Prince and Princess Michael of Kent (who shared a page).
While the Prince and Princess of Kent have been removed from the page, the rest of the Queen’s cousins ââare now above the Duke of York, 62, and the Sussexes.
Harry and Meghan stepped down from their roles as senior royals in 2020 and moved to the United States. Prince Andrew, however, was stripped of his HRH status amid a court case. Virginie Giuffrewho accused him of sexually assaulting her when she was a minor, but he continued to maintain his innocence.
Buckingham Palace have confirmed Andrew will be stripped of his HRH status in January. “With the Queen’s approval and consent, the Duke of York’s military affiliations and royal patronages have been returned to the Queen,” a statement said at the time. “The Duke of York will continue to hold no public office and is defending this case as a private citizen.”
A month after the palace announcement, Andrew settled his lawsuit with Giuffre, 38, out of court for an unknown amount of money.
Despite their very different circumstances, the Queen’s second son and the co-founder of Archewell have been treated the same when it comes to royal protocol. Neither were allowed to wear their military uniforms to the Queen’s state funeral on September 19 despite their years of service in the armed forces. Andrew, meanwhile, always got an exception to wear his uniform with his siblings for a September 16 vigil.
As the news raised eyebrows, Harry addressed the situation via his spokesperson. “[Prince Harry] will wear a morning suit to events honoring her grandmother. His decade of military service is not determined by the uniform he wears and we respectfully request that the focus remain on the life and legacy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,â a statement said on the 13th. september.
Amid backlash, the Invictus Games founder was given special permission to wear the uniform when he joined all of Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s grandchildren for a vigil at Westminster Hall two days before his burial . However, her grandmother’s initials were removed from the shoulder of her jacket.