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Is Meghan No Longer a 'Royal'? Official Website Sparks Questions Among Markle Fans

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By Savannah Pointer

Fans of Meghan Markle as well as the Royal Family have questioned whether Meghan is still considered a royal after a conspicuous removal of the title from a charity website that Meghan has been heavily involved in.

“On Saturday, Smart Works charity — of which Meghan is patron — removed all mentions of her as either an “HRH” or “royal” on the group’s website,” PEOPLE reported. “Last September, Meghan unveiled a capsule collection for the charity, which helps women find employment with coaching tips and professional attire for their job interviews.”

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The Term 'Royal' Was Removed From Before Meghan's Name On The Charity's Website

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The part of the website that previously read , “Our Royal Patron” now reads “The Duchess of Sussex,” which would seem to indicate that the title has changed.

“Elsewhere, a page is now headlined, ‘Our Patron, The Duchess of Sussex,’ whereas it previously read, ‘Our Royal Patron HRH The Duchess of Sussex.’” PEOPLE went on to clarify.

It was February when Prince Harry and wife Meghan struck a deal with the prince’s family for the pair to quit their lives as working royals and move to North America to raise their family nearer Meghan’s home.

Meghan and Harry Agreed To Stop Using the Title 'Royal'

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While working on their agreement to leave the royal family, the pair agreed not to use the term “royal” in their future endeavors, however, their official Sussex Royal website and Instagram pages remained active even after their official duties have ended.

“While The Duke and Duchess are focused on plans to establish a new non-profit organization, given the specific U.K. government rules surrounding use of the word ‘Royal,’ it has been therefore agreed that their non-profit organization, when it is announced this Spring, will not be named Sussex Royal Foundation,” a statement from their spokesperson said in February according to PEOPLE.

Queen Elizabeth Extended An Olive Branch

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As Meghan Markle and Prince Harry spent their last weekends in England as working royals, Queen Elizabeth herself asked the couple to attend church with her.

The 93-year-old Royal has reportedly been frustrated with her grandson’s decision to move to North America with his family, however according to PEOPLE magazine her invitation to church in Windsor on Sunday was a peace offering.

“It was a really sweet gesture that the Queen asked them to church,” a source told PEOPLE.

PEOPLE’s source went on to say of the invitation that, “It’s telling in the sense that these two are still her family. And as a family, they all love each other.”

The Queen Made Her Position On Harry’s Family Clear Earlier This year

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“Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family,” the monarch said earlier in the year, according to PEOPLE. “I recognise the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life. I want to thank them for all their dedicated work across this country, the Commonwealth and beyond, and am particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family. It is my whole family’s hope that today’s agreement allows them to start building a happy and peaceful new life.”

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