Prince Harry appears to be going full civilian, with new documents confirming the Prince has ditched his royal surname.
Harry and wife Meghan Markle relocated from Canada to California just as the coronavirus pandemic hit the USA, and recently registered the duo’s latest business venture in a move that revealed far more than many expected.
The pair initially rocked the royal boat with their announcement that they would step back from royal life in January, and have since seen their royal titles, His and Her Royal Highnesses, dropped in a decision by the queen.
Now it seems Harry is removing another layer of his royal identity, with documents registering the pair’s latest venture – sustainable travel organisation Travelyst – notably signed without the Duke’s former surname, Mountbatten-Windsor.
Public information available from the newly-registered business includes P[rince Harry’s inclusion as a ‘person with significant control’ as a majority shareholder.
The Prince’s full name is listed on the online directory, and predictably does not include HRH, but is also missing two former surnames, Mountbatten-Windsor and Wales, which was used in his school and Army registration.
Instead, Harry is listed as Prince Henry Charles Albert David, Duke of Sussex with neither ‘Mountbatten-Windsor’ nor ‘Wales’ to be seen.
The revelation comes as a shock to royal watchers, as the official royal website’s word on the use of the surname confirms Harry’s decision was a choice, and not a necessity.
The family’s website states that prince Charles, Harry’s father, “will continue to be of the House of Windsor and his grandchildren will use the surname Mountbatten-Windsor.”
Harry’s seeming-rejection of the name is, therefore, a rejection of his father’s surname which he is perfectly entitled to use.
Harry and Meghan have weathered a huge amount of criticism and trolling before and since their decision to depart the royal life.
Most recently, their new charity Archewell’s domain name was hacked in what seems to be a cruel prank.
The sexist joke did not deter commentators for slamming the couple’s decision to launch their charity during the pandemic, many saying timing was ‘terrible’.
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