Prince Harry, 35, is sixth in line to the throne and the son of heir apparent Prince Charles, 71. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle chose to relinquish their royal roles in pursuit of “a more peaceful life” and it was decided by the Queen the couple would not use the word ‘royal’ in conjunction with their work going forward.
In recent days several letters sent by the couple to charities they support have sparked controversy because they still feature their royal monograph on the letterhead.
The royal monograph is a combination of their two initials ‘M’ and ‘H’ and also features a small crown known as a coronet.
Harry and Meghan received a new coat of arms when they were made the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their wedding day.
A statement at the time explained the significance of the crown or ‘coronet’ in this new coat of arms.
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The statement read: “It is the coronet laid down by a Royal Warrant of 1917 for the sons and daughters of the heir apparent.
“It is composed of two crosses patée, four fleurs-de-lys and two strawberry leaves.”
Given that the coronet in question was laid down for “the sons and daughters of the heir apparent” some may question whether Meghan and Harry will still be able to use it when Prince Charles becomes king and Prince William is heir apparent.
However, unlike royal peerages and titles, it seems monograms are not affected by changes in the line of succession and Prince Harry and Meghan will likely able to continue using their special symbol once Charles is king.
Royal expert Iain MacMarthanne who is writing a doctorate based on the British explained why.
Mr MacMarthanne told Express.co.uk: “Monograms are used by all members of the royal family, either an individual letter or, when a couple, both letters intertwined.”
He added: “As things presently stand, in the event of Charles becoming king, the duke of Sussex would continue to be able to use this monogram.”
However, Mr MacMarthanne did not rule out the possibility Meghan and Harry’s monogram could change in future.
He added: “Changes in sovereign do not materially affect this.
“However, dependent upon what is subsequently agreed, given the withdrawal of the Sussex’s from royal duties, this might change. Only time will tell.”
Following their royal step down Meghan and Harry have settled in LA with their son Archie Harrison and are expected to remain their for the foreseeable future.
The couple have kept their UK home Frogmore Cottage and are expected to pay back the £2.4 million taxpayer funding used to renovate it in the coming months.
Meghan and Harry will seek to become financially independent as their carve out a new life for themselves and are expected to make money in a variety of ways.
On Wednesday it was revealed the couple have joined a list of high profile names on the books of public speaking agency Harry Walker.
This could mean they gain income from giving addresses and corporate events or doing VIP meet and greets in future.
They were meant to return to visit the Queen at Balmoral this summer but the trip is likely to have been postponed due to the pandemic.