QUEEN ELIZABETH II took a “bizarre” decision while setting out the terms of the so-called Megxit deal, one royal author said.
The Queen has been questioned for seemingly adopting double standards while thrashing out the terms of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s exit from the Royal Family as full-time working members. After the Duke and Duchess of Sussex asked to be able to become financially independent and live abroad, the monarch effectively stripped Meghan Markle and Prince Harry of their royal styles.
A statement from Buckingham Palace hinted this decision was due to the fact that Meghan and Harry will stop being working members from this spring.
However, one royal author noticed a discrepancy with the Queen’s ruling on the Sussexes and the fact two other non-working royals, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, are allowed to keep their HRH styles.
Nigel Cawthorne, author of Call Me Diana, told Express.co.uk: “It is bizarre that Princess Beatrice and Eugenie are allowed to retain the style, even though they are not working royals, yet the palace asked for Harry not use it.
The Queen has been questioned for seemingly adopting double standards while thrashing out the terms of Megxit (Image: GETTY)
Meghan and Harry released a bombshell statement on January 8 (Image: GETTY)
“It makes no sense under the current system that the Queen generally follows for her relatives.”
Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie were given the ‘Her Royal Highness’ style upon birth.
However, the couple have never worked for the Royal Family but pursued careers of their own.
Princess Eugenie is the director at the London art gallery Hauser & Wirth (Image: GETTY)
Beatrice, the eldest daughter of Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew, is the Vice President of Partnerships and Strategy at Afiniti, a data and software company.
Eugenie, first worked for an online auction firm before becoming a director at the London art gallery Hauser & Wirth.
Both the young Yorks have also worked with charities – and Princess Beatrice even founded her own in 2010, Big Change, which aims at changing the education system.
The Queen asked Meghan and Harry to relinquish the use of their HRH styles (Image: GETTY)
Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Princess Beatrice will marry on May 29 (Image: GETTY)
Being particularly committed to this charity and its mission, Princess Beatrice has kindly asked her wedding guests, who will witness her tying the knot with Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on May 29, to avoid buying presents for their nuptials but to spend some times learning more about Big Change.
Mr Cawthorne believes the Queen’s decision to see Meghan and Harry stop using their HRH styles could pave the way to Prince Charles’s dreamed slimmed-down version of the monarchy.
He added: “However, it is undoubtedly a shot across the bow by Prince Charles what will happen once he is king.
The Queen is the eldest daughter of late King George VI (Image: EXPRESS)
“He is saying to all the current HRHs I am prepared to take the style away from my own son, so don’t count on keeping it forever.”
The Prince of Wales’ future plans for the institution of monarchy are said to have provoked the ire of Prince Andrew in 2012, who wanted to make sure his daughters’ position and prestige within the Royal Family remained unchanged.
Meghan and Harry announced their decision to step back as senior royals on January 8, when they shared a bombshell statement on Instagram which took by surprise royal fans and commentators.
Meghan and Harry are setting up their lives in Canada (Image: GETTY)
Following days of negotiations, the couple agreed with senior royals and aides to stop carry out royal engagements and use the HRH style in exchange for the possibility to live between the UK and North America and pursue financial ventures.
Despite Meghan and Harry announced they wanted to keep their roots in Britain to allow their son Archie to grow up getting to know his British and royal heritage, their decision to let go of all their members of the staff in the UK cast a doubt over how much time they will actually spend in the country in the future.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK