The Queen “won’t be bothered” by Prince Harry publicly dropping his own title this week, royal commentators have told Daily Star Online.
The Duke of Sussex stunned the world this week by asking to be addressed as “Harry” at his first engagement since returning to the UK.
He was introduced at a tourism conference in Edinburgh by a host who said the Duke had “made it clear that we are all just to call him Harry”.
It was the latest sign that Harry is eager to quit as a senior royal, with him and Meghan Markle set to officially step down on March 31 for a new, financially independent life in Canada.
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But royal commentators have told Daily Star Online that Her Majesty is unlikely to have been upset by her grandson’s public move to drop his own title.
They told us that the Queen “accepts Harry is not happy in the Royal Family” and that it “won’t have come as a surprise”.
Charlie Proctor, editor of Royal Central, told us: “I think The Queen accepts that Harry is not happy in The Royal Family, and it can't come too much of a surprise that he is rejecting his royal titles.
“I’m sure part of the reason for his comments on Wednesday was simply that he wanted to appear informal and friendly rather than using the high-and-mighty title of Prince.
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“Other members of The Royal Family also introduce themselves by their first name, and example being the Duchess of Cornwall who always introduces herself to people as Camilla.
“It will be interesting to see what happens after March 31 and whether he still uses the title of Prince. Or maybe he will be referred to as the Harry formerly known as Prince?”
Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams, meanwhile, said Harry is “free” but “not showing it with much dignity”.
He said: “He is feeling independent and free and showing it but not subtly or with much dignity.
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“Megxit doesn’t begin until 31st March. It’s how he feels now. One day they may want to break all royal bonds.
“It is quite extraordinary how quickly Harry has abandoned so much. Time will tell how wise this proves.”
Brittani Barger, deputy editor of Royal Central, added that senior royals asking not to be called by their titles is not unusual.
“This is nothing new,” she said. “The younger royals often tell people to call them by their first names.
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“William and Catherine have done the same. It's just a generational change in how the younger royals approach royalty and the public. I don't think it bothers The Queen. She knows they are of a different generation – the generation that had modernised the monarchy.
“The only difference with Harry this time is that the person introducing him has said that he wanted to be called Harry. But he and the younger royals have been telling those in the public to call them by just their first name for years.
“I know the British are sticklers for titles, but in the grand scheme of things, I think this is a minor thing to everything else going on with their security, not getting to use the Sussex Royal name, etc.”
Meghan and Harry are set to take on their final royal engagements over the next week before they officially step down, give up their HRH titles and lose their public funding.
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Harry will next visit the Invictus Games choir on Friday before Meghan flies over to the UK from Canada and joins him in London to attend the Endeavour Fund Awards on March 5.
Harry will then attend the Silverstone Experience on March 6 on a solo visit, before he and Meghan attend the Mountbatten Music Festival the following day.
Meghan will undertake her final solo royal engagement at International Women’s Day on March 8, before she and Harry finally take on their last engagement at the Commonwealth Service on March 9.
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