Prince William Receives New Title from the Queen Amid Harry & Meghan's Royal Exit
Queen Elizabeth has been granted Prince William a new title amid Prince Harry and Meghan’s dramatic exit from the royal family.
The royal family is bent on carrying on its duties effectively despite the drawback of Prince Harry and Meghan’s exit.
As reported by PEOPLE, Prince William has been granted a new title by the Queen. The Duke of Cambridge is the new Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.
According to the royal website, William’s role is to become a personal representative for the Queen to the Church of Scotland as well as carry out various ceremonial duties and official engagements.
He would also help to “maintain the relationship between the State and the Church.” Usually, whoever takes up the position of the Lord High Commissioner is a Scottish figure.
However, members of the royal family have been appointed in the past. Some of them include the Princess Royal, the Duke of Rothesay, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex.
Richard Scott, the 10th Duke of Buccleuch and 12th Duke of Queensberry, was the last royal to handle the role before William was appointed.
The new appointment comes shortly after Queen Elizabeth, alongside other members of the royal family, came to a conclusion about Harry and Meghan’s exit.
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“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA
It was agreed that the royal couple would have a transition period, which will end in Spring, after which they would be stripped of their “Royal Highness” titles. Harry and Meghan will also repay renovation costs to their Frogmore Cottage home.
PEOPLE notes that the royal family has somewhat found a replacement for Harry and Meghan as Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, would be accompanying Prince William and Kate on their next official engagement.
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This evening, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the annual #WellChildAwards in London. WellChild aims to ensure every child and young person living with serious health needs has the best chance to thrive with the support and medical care needed in the comfort of their own home. The Duke of Sussex became Patron of WellChild in 2007, and last year both The Duke and Duchess attended the awards to honour the children and families that WellChild supports. The Duke, who first came to these awards over a decade ago, shared in his remarks tonight: “Last year when my wife and I attended we knew we were expecting our first child - no one else did at the time, but we did - and I remember squeezing Meghan’s hand so tightly during the awards, both of us thinking what it would be like to be parents one day, and more so, what it would be like to do everything we could to protect and help our child should they be born with immediate challenges or become unwell over time. And now, as parents, being here and speaking to all of you pulls at my heart strings in a way I could have never understood until I had a child of my own.” • To find out more about tonight’s event and how you can support this very special organisation, please visit @WellChild Photos ©️ PA images
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are set to host a reception on Monday at Buckingham Palace on behalf of the Queen to mark the UK-Africa Investment Summit.
Although Prince Edward and Sophie are full-time working senior royal family members, they are usually not seen at high-profile royal engagements.
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🇵🇰 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will undertake an official visit to Pakistan this autumn, at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Further details will be advised in due course. Her Majesty The Queen visited Pakistan in 1961 and 1997, and The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited in 2006. Swipe to see photos from the visits: 2. The Queen attends a State Banquet at the President's House, Karachi, in 1961. 3. The Queen meets members of the Pakistan cricket team at the Rawalpindi cricket ground, in 1997. 4. The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall at the Badshahi Mosque, Lahore, in 2006. Photos courtesy of the Press Association and @royalcollectiontrust #Pakistan #RoyalVisitPakistan
A source close to the couple revealed to the publication that William is angry with his brother while Kate is “incredibly hurt too.”