Prince Harry Has Reportedly Reassured the Queen That He's Not Legally Dropping His Royal Surname

According to Us Weekly, Prince Harry has reassured the Queen that he's not going to legally drop his royal surname, Mountbatten-Windsor.

  • Over the weekend, news broke that Prince Harry had dropped (opens in new tab) his royal surname, Mountbatten-Windsor, in documents filed for his new eco-friendly travel initiative, Travalyst.
  • A source recently clarified to Us Weekly (opens in new tab) that, while Harry is choosing not to use his royal title or surname publicly, he's not legally changing his name.
  • The source also said that Harry has "reassured" the Queen that his decision to stop using his royal last name is "not a personal dig."

Prince Harry (opens in new tab) recently broke the royal-obsessive corners of the internet when news broke that he had ditched his royal surname in new documents (opens in new tab) for his eco-travel initiative, Travalyst.

If you missed it, he's a quick recap: Over the weekend, the Daily Mail (opens in new tab) reported on documents Harry filed (opens in new tab) to register Travalyst (opens in new tab), which aims to "be the driving force that paves a new way to travel, helping everyone explore our world in a way that protects both people and places, and secures a positive future for destinations and local communities for generations to come," according to its official website (opens in new tab).

In those documents, Harry is identified (opens in new tab) as "Prince Henry Charles Albert David, Duke of Sussex"—notably leaving out his royal surname, Mountbatten-Windsor (opens in new tab).

A royal source has now clarified to Us Weekly (opens in new tab), however, that Harry is not getting rid of his royal last name. Or, at least, that he's "not planning to officially drop his Mountbatten-Windsor title legally." Even so, the source says, he does not plan to actively use his royal title or surname.

"The bottom line is, he prefers to keep it casual and be known as 'Harry,'" the source said, adding that Harry has personally reached out to his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, and "reassured" her that the decision to publicly drop his royal surname is "not a personal dig."

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