Why do Prince Harry and Meghan Markle still refer to themselves as Duke and Duchess of Sussex?

All eyes were on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry as they appeared at the Invictus Games over the weekend.

The married couple appeared very loved-up throughout the opening weekend, and even shared a kiss on stage as Meghan, 40, introduced husband Prince Harry, 37.

But some people were left annoyed after Meghan welcomed Prince Harry up on the stage at the games.

After a beautiful speech, the 40 year old said: "It is my distinguished honour to introduce someone that I think you all will be very excited to hear from.

"He's the founder of the Invictus Games and the father to our two little ones, Archie and Lili. Please welcome my incredible husband, Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex."

Reacting on social media at Meghan referring to Harry as the Duke of Sussex, one person wrote: "Prince Harry will suffice. She's obsessed with those damn titles."

Another penned: "Thought it was 'just Harry'," and a third said: "Of course, she introduced him as 'Prince' and 'Duke of Sussex' – enjoying the titles."

So why are Harry and Meghan Markle still using their Sussex titles? Let's take a look…

Are Harry and Meghan still the Duke and Duchess of Sussex?

The answer to whether Harry and Meghan are still the Duke and Duchess of Sussex is yes, but there has been a slight tweak to their titles.

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The pair chose to give up their His / Her Royal Highness (HRH) titles so they won't be referred to by their "Royal" names.

Harry no longer wants to be referred to as 'Prince' Harry.

However Harry is still a prince despite this, due to his birthright, and he remains in the line of succession.

Their Duke and Duchess titles can still be used however, as they were bestowed upon them as a wedding gift from the Queen in 2018, and don't correspond to them as working royals.

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A statement released by the palace referred to them as the Duke and Duchess, while announcing they would "return their military appointments and Royal patronages."

It read: "The honorary military appointments and Royal patronages held by The Duke and Duchess will therefore be returned to Her Majesty, before being redistributed among working members of The Royal Family.

"While all are saddened by their decision, The Duke and Duchess remain much loved members of the family."

Currently, Harry is sixth in line to the throne behind Prince Charles, his brother Prince William, and his nephews and niece Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

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