PUBLISHED: 08:33, Thu, Jan 7, 2021 | UPDATED: 08:33, Thu, Jan 7, 2021
Meghan Markle, 39, and Prince Harry, 36, have kept their HRH styles and continue to be the Duke and Duchess of Sussex despite stepping down as senior royals last March. They agreed with the Queen that they would not use the word 'royal' in conjunction with their work going forward and that their situation would be reviewed after a year.
Meghan and Harry announced their wish to leave the monarchy one year ago on Friday and since quitting the fold they have begun to carve out a new life for themselves and their son Archie Harrison, one, in the USA.
They have settled in Santa Barbara, California and struck a string of lucrative commercial deals.
The couple achieved their goal of gaining financial independence from the Royal Family after landing multi-million-pound contracts with streaming giants Netflix and Spotify.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
In the months following their royal withdrawal, Meghan and Harry have begun to express their views on controversial matters more freely and ruffled feathers among traditionalists by speaking out ahead of the American election last November.
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry 'skating on thin ice' if they wish to keep royal titles (Image: GETTY)
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry quit the fold in March (Image: GETTY)
Working royals are meant to steer clear of political matters but Meghan and Harry's current position as titled non-senior royals sees them straddle both worlds.
Whether or not the Queen chooses to remove the Sussexes' titles in March remains to be seen but according to a constitutional expert, the couple are "skating on thin ice."
Constitutional expert Iain MacMarthanne explained there is currently no precedent for removing Meghan and Harry's royal titles.
He told Express.co.uk: "As far as the Sussexes and their royal titles are concerned it is clear that any conversation concerning their future use of their titles will be new territory, particularly given the level of speculation as to whether or not they should be stripped of them."
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have gained financial independence from the Royal Family (Image: GETTY)
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are now based in California with their son Archie Harrison (Image: Save The Children UK)Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Mr MacMarthanne added: "As things presently stand there is no real precedent to follow should there be a desire, or wish, to remove them."
The expert pointed out that even if Harry's Sussex peerage was removed, following his death it could still pass to his son Archie