Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have two secret alternative titles

And we had no idea

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made news earlier this year as they announced that they were planning on stepping down from their roles as ‘senior’ members of the royal family, hoping to become financially independent.

It was then announced by Buckingham Palace that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be losing their HRH titles following a new deal, and repaying ‘Sovereign Grant expenditure for the refurbishment of Frogmore Cottage’.

Releasing an official statement, Buckingham Palace announced: ‘The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are grateful to Her Majesty and the Royal Family for their ongoing support as they embark on the next chapter of their lives.’

The royal couple have since relocated to Canada, living a peaceful month with baby Archie, returning in the past few weeks to carry out their final duties as senior royal family members.

While the couple have lost their royal status, they will retain their titles, with Harry and Meghan most commonly known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

However, there are two other titles that the couple are known by that they will also be allowed to keep - The Earl and Countess of Dumbarton, and The Baron and Baroness Kilkeel.

Yes, really.

The couple will no longer represent the Queen at home or abroad from 1 April.

Jenny Proudfoot
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