Why Meghan Markle Still Holds Duchess of Sussex Title – Explained

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Technically, Meghan Markle can still be called a duchess, as she was granted the title of Duchess of Sussex when she married Prince Harry in May 2018. However, since Meghan and Harry stepped back from their roles as senior members of the British royal family in early 2020, they agreed not to use their HRH titles and to stop using the word “royal” in their branding.

Therefore, while she retains the title of Duchess of Sussex, Meghan is no longer referred to as “Her Royal Highness” and does not carry out official duties on behalf of the royal family.

Why Meghan Markle Left Royal Family?

Meghan, along with her husband Prince Harry, announced their decision to step back from their roles as senior members of the British royal family in January 2020. There were a variety of reasons for their decision, including:

  • Media scrutiny: Meghan faced intense media scrutiny and criticism from the British press, which took a toll on her mental health. She also faced racist and sexist attacks in the press and on social media.
  • Lack of support: She reportedly felt that she did not receive enough support from the royal family, especially during her pregnancy and after the birth of her son Archie.
  • Desire for financial independence: Meghan and Harry wanted to become financially independent and explore new avenues for their philanthropic work, which they felt was difficult to do while still fulfilling their royal duties.
  • Personal reasons: Meghan and Harry wanted to raise their son Archie in a more private and normal environment, away from the intense public scrutiny of royal life.

Ultimately, the decision to step back from their roles as senior members of the royal family was a complex one, and likely stemmed from a combination of these and other factors.

Considering coronation of Prince Charles, there are a few reasons why Meghan is unlikely to attend the event. Check out 3 Reasons Why Meghan Markle Won’t Attend Coronation Of Prince Charles.

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