When Prince Harry registered his new eco-friendly tourism organization early this month, he did not use his royal title or surname. However, according to a new report, the Duke of Sussex “is not planning to officially drop his Mountbatten-Windsor title legally.”
Now that he is no longer a senior member of the royal family, Harry wants to “keep it casual” when it comes to his name. He will not use his HRH royal title or the Mountbatten-Windsor surname so he can keep things simple in his new life.
How does one cease to be royal? And how bad must being an H.R.H. be in order to make someone want to quit?https://t.co/nWRNuRnp5o
— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) April 15, 2020
“The bottom line is, he prefers to keep it casual and be known as ‘Harry,’” an insider told Us Weekly, adding that the 35-year-old former military pilot has “reassured” Queen Elizabeth that his decision is “not a personal dig.”
The source says that the Queen “still means the world” to Harry, even though he and his wife, Meghan Markle, have stepped away from their senior royal duties and have moved to Los Angeles to start a new life.
After Harry and Meghan made their Megxit announcement in January, the couple moved with their 11-month-old son Archie Harrison to Vancouver Island in Canada. However, just before the borders closed due to COVID-19, the trio managed to move to California.
The couple had planned to celebrate Archie’s first birthday on May 6 at Queen Elizabeth’s Balmoral estate in Scotland, but they had to change their plans because of the coronavirus lockdown. Instead, the couple will celebrate at home with animal-themed cupcakes and the party will be “just the three of them,” says the insider.
Prince Harry’s good friend, Dr. Jane Goodall, recently revealed in an interview that he was “finding life a bit challenging right now.” But, he and Meghan are still doing some good and offering help during the lockdown.
— Victoria Murphy (@byQueenVic) April 15, 2020
According to Town & Country magazine, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have arranged for just over £90,000 ($112,000) that was generated from their BBC wedding broadcast to be donated to the charity Feeding Britain.
The organization’s nation director, Andrew Forsey, calls the donation a “godsend.” The couple told the Archbishop of Canterbury – the President of Feeding Britain – that they wanted to donate the money during a phone call that took place when the UK started closing schools.
A spokesperson for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle says the couple is “delighted” that the money is going to “such a great cause.”