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Prince Harry row: The latest move showing Harry is distancing himself from Royal Family

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are thought to have paid £11million for a mansion near Santa Barbara, California. Harry and Meghan have not visited the UK in several months, and it is believed their home in the US will now be the Sussexes’ permanent family home with their son, baby Archie. Now they are no longer senior working royals, Harry and Meghan are free to pursue their own income and careers.

Harry and Meghan have been making more appearances in the spotlight after months of lockdown, with both speaking at virtual conferences and events.

And at an upcoming TV appearance in the US, reports suggest the couple will simply be referred to as “Harry and Meghan”.

The Sussexes are set to appear in ABC’s TIME100 Special on September 22.

In the promotional clip for the show shared by E! News, the couple were listed as “Harry and Meghan”.

A TIME article about the event lists the couple as the “Duke and Duchess of Sussex Prince Harry and Meghan Markle”, so it is not known if the couple plan to be referred to by just their first names for the programme.

But nevertheless, since leaving the Royal Family the couple have been billed with just their first names at some other events.

Upon returning to the UK in March for his final round of royal engagements, Harry asked to be introduced simply as ‘Harry’ at an eco-tourism conference.

Meghan also spoke at the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up Leadership Summit this year, where her appearance was promoted with her maiden name in the style of “Meghan Markle, The Duchess of Sussex”.

While this may have been the decision of event organisers, it may also be that the Sussexes are making an effort to distance themselves from the formality of their previous royal roles.

Harry and Meghan are still entitled to be known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Despite not being working members of the Royal Family, Harry and Meghan were allowed to keep their royal titles as part of the terms of their exit.

The couple have also kept their His and Her Royal Highness (HRH) titles, but they will no longer be using them officially.

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It’s been all change for Harry and Meghan over the last few months, and they are expected to announce their new charitable venture, Archewell, in the near future.

Harry and Meghan have expressed their desire to champion a number of philanthropic causes away from the confines of being senior royals.

The Sussexes also made clear they sought financial freedom when they announced their exit from their royal roles earlier this year.

On the Sussex Royal website, the couple explained the terms of their exit as agreed with the Royal Family.

The website states: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will become privately funded members of The Royal Family with permission to earn their own income and the ability to pursue their own private charitable interests.”

The couple will no longer receive any funding from the Government-allocated Sovereign Grant, and are therefore free to pursue their own income.

Most recently, Harry and Meghan signed a multi-year deal with streaming giant Netflix, for an undisclosed amount.

Ted Sarandos, a co-chief executive and the chief content officer at Netflix, said: “Harry and Meghan have inspired millions of people all around the world with their authenticity, optimism and leadership.

“We’re incredibly proud they have chosen Netflix as their creative home – and are excited about telling stories with them that can help build resilience and increase understanding for audiences everywhere.”

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