The Duke of Sussex arrived in the UK yesterday for his final round of royal duties ahead of his transition away from his life as a senior royal and the prince has already gone on a first-name basis with the public. The Travalyst sustainable tourism summit in Edingburgh, Scotland was the prince’s first stop and Harry reportedly requested for host Ayesha Hazarika to introduce him simply by his first name.
“He’s made it clear that we are all just to call him Harry, so ladies and gentlemen please give a big, warm Scottish welcome to Harry,” announced Ayesha as she brought the Prince, or rather Harry, on-stage.
By renouncing his title of “Prince” at his very first engagement in the UK, it seems that Harry was most likely trying to make a statement. The recent development of the Sussexes no longer being able to use the term “Royal” came as a blow to Meghan and Harry who had heavily invested in developing and trademarking the “Sussex Royal” brand with the intention of utilising it within their new life.
The tone of voice used within the statement issued on the Sussexes official website made it clear that they were not pleased with the Palace’s decision on not being able to keep their brand name and this recent public step by Harry gives more insight on the growing rift between him and the rest of the royal family.
The Sussexes final tour has only just commenced and Meghan Markle is expected to join within the coming days. This will be the very first time that Meghan faces the British royal family, public and paparazzi following the Duke and Duchesses startling announcement to “step back” as senior royals.
Watch this space for updates…