- Following their explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey on CBS, all eyes are on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
- After revealing the shocking reasons they left the monarchy and relocated to various spots in North America, many are wondering if they’ll now have their Duke and Duchess titles revoked
- See odds and best bets below including chances of Harry and Meghan’s potential return to life in the UK
You’d have to either be living in a cave or had your WiFi shut off for an entire week to not know about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s recent spike in press.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex famously left the United Kingdom in early 2020, stepping down as senior members of the Royal Family. Now, over a year later, they’ve revealed why.
Throughout the Oprah interview, Markle alluded to rumblings within the Royal Family’s institution, citing lack of support and notions of racism within the family. She also mentioned the British press being a major reason for wanting to break off from the Royal family.
While Markle is mostly being applauded for upholding her truth, will these recent events leave her and husband Harry in a worse position with his family?
Odds Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Highness Titles Reinstated in 2021
Odds as of March 11th
Amidst Harry and Meghan’s departure from the Royal Family, his grandmother Queen Elizabeth announced on January 18, 2020, that Harry and Meghan would no longer use the prefix of His and Her Royal Highness.
Buckingham Palace stated, “The Sussexes will not use their HRH titles as they are no longer working members of the Royal Family.” Later, BBC royal correspondent Daniela Relph told BBC Radio 5 Live, “When they first issued that statement about what they wanted, they talked about forging this progressive role within the Royal Family, about stepping back from royal duties. This isn’t stepping back, it’s stepping away entirely.”
Clearly, the monarchy as an institution already stated its stance on Harry and Meghan’s royal status. This was done and dusted long before the Oprah interview.
With Harry and Meghan’s new revelations now in the public light, they’ve worsened their relations with the Royal Family. It’s hard to imagine having them tell their truth is going to improve the relationship.
To become HRH again, the couple would have to step back into a role with the Royal Family. After hearing what they told Oprah, it doesn’t sound like that’s going to happen.
Pick: No (-2000)
Odds Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Lose Their Royal Titles in 2021
Odds as of March 11th
While Meghan and Harry aren’t presently using the titles of His and Her Royal Highness, they are still entitled to presently go by Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
The Duke and Duchess are titles Queen Elizabeth bestowed on the couple on their public wedding day, May 19, 2018. Even after they fled the UK and have started a new life in the US, the titles are still in effect.
Although, Meghan and Harry don’t necessarily lead with these titles. They were simply credited on the Oprah special as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, without the Sussex titles.
But after their intimate revelations about Royal life, will being dubbed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex be subsequently stripped from them?
The key player here is Queen Elizabeth. Despite the statements, the couple made on the Oprah special, Harry and Meghan both had nothing but flattering and glowing remarks about the Queen herself.
The British monarchy's immediate survival is assured, despite Prince Harry and his wife #MeghanMarkle's claims of racism, experts say, but cultural rifts exposed by the row could signal trouble ahead.https://t.co/eFvzgJXqMT
— Economic Times (@EconomicTimes) March 11, 2021
In an official Buckingham Palace statement, the Queen has revealed the allegations of racism and revelations that Meghan and Harry felt trapped are being taken seriously.
It sounds like their relationship with Queen Elizabeth is still in good standing. Meghan and Harry revealed they had a Zoom chat with the Queen so she can have a chance to see her great-grandson, Archie. The Queen is more likely to leave the Duke and Duchess titles standing.
Pick: No (-800)
Odds Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Move Back to the UK in 2021
Odds as of March 11th
Then there’s the potential for the couple to head back to the UK to return to their old life. Out of any question related to Meghan and Harry, this is the most unlikely.
It’s very clear the couple have nested in Los Angeles, establishing connections and working on partnerships with behemoths such as Apple and Spotify. Although they’ve been cut off from their former Royal finances, they’ve done right on their own terms.
Harry and Meghan appeared composed, relaxed, and happy about life in the USA throughout their Oprah interview. They’ve adopted chickens, after all, so their nest is literally not going anywhere.
Pick: No (-1500)