Palace gaffe over Meghan 'divorce': Officials admit blunder

Mail Online | 1/20/2020 | Rebecca English Royal Correspondant For The Daily Mail
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Palace officials were last night forced to admit they had made a blunder by announcing Meghan would take the title of a divorced woman.

After confirming that she and Harry will give up their HRH – His and Her Royal Highness – titles, aides said the couple would instead be known as Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

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But as Harry boarded a flight to Canada last night to start his new life with Meghan and baby Archie, palace officials at home were scrambling to confirm the couple's correct titles after admitting they had got them wrong.

Typically only the divorced wives or widows of hereditary peers are referred to by their Christian name, followed by a comma, then their title – as in the case of Diana, Princess of Wales and Sarah, Duchess of York.

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This is to distinguish them from the current holder of the same title.

After this was pointed out by the Mail, royal officials yesterday confirmed the information had been given out in error by the Press Office and that the couple's new titles would be reported in due course.

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It is likely they will simply revert to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, without the HRH.

The blunder came as the Duchess of Cornwall, Harry's step-mother, commented on the saga for the first time.

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Asked if she would miss Harry and Meghan during an official visit yesterday, she smiled and said: 'Course'.

And yesterday Harry had a private 15-20 minute meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, but aides declined to say what was discussed.

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Harry, who is still sixth in line to the throne, flew to Vancouver last night where he will be reunited with eight-month-old Archie after more than two weeks apart.

It comes after the prince told on Monday night of his disappointment at not being able to continue performing...
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