While King Charles enjoys his time at Balmoral Castle, significant changes are underway within the royal ranks. In a subtle yet significant move, the official Royal.UK website has undergone a facelift, introducing four new official web pages.
This update closely follows the removal of Prince Harry's coveted "His Royal Highness" (HRH) title from the royal family's digital domain earlier this August. Highlighted by Gert’s Royals on X (formerly known as Twitter), the fresh “Royal Websites” menu on the Royal.UK page now features prominent links to The Royal Collection Trust, The Prince's Trust, The Royal Foundation, and The Duke of Edinburgh's Award.
These sections cover diverse aspects of the royal endeavors, including the management of the royal art collection, charitable initiatives, and youth programs. A noticeable addition is the "Their Majesties' work as Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall" link, which takes readers to an archive of speeches, messages, press releases, and news from Clarence House.
This feature offers insights into the extensive royal efforts in various capacities. Notably, the shift in the digital landscape follows King Charles and Queen Camilla's move to transition their office from Clarence House to the official Royal Family social media accounts after Queen Elizabeth's passing.
While the Clarence House accounts remain accessible on platforms like Twitter and Instagram, their bios now redirect followers to the primary Royal Family account for updates on King Charles III and Queen Consort.
Transition Signs and Title Shifts
The website, though not entirely updated since Queen Elizabeth's demise, shows glimpses of transition, such as outdated references to her as the sovereign.
The delay in updates might be attributed to the immense volume of content—over five thousand pages—pertaining to the Royal Family's life and work. Furthermore, discrepancies have arisen in titles. King Charles' reference as "the Prince of Wales" has been altered, and Prince William and Kate Middleton are now referred to as the Prince and Princess of Wales, a deviation from their previous titles as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
These changes occurred as of August 4, sparking speculations about protocol adjustments. In parallel with these developments, recent adjustments to Prince Harry's digital presence have surfaced. His "His Royal Highness" title was quietly removed from his bio between August 4 and August 9, reflecting his transition away from formal royal duties.
The title was replaced with "the Duke" or "the Duke of Suss*x." Notably, Prince Harry's dukedom was granted following his wedding to Meghan Markle in May 2018. Amid these changes, Prince Harry and Meghan's biographies still hold a prominent place on the Royal.UK site.
Their profiles remain accessible, retaining a connection to the royal fold despite their decision to step back from active royal roles. The journey of titles and roles within the royal sphere continues to evolve, as King Charles' reign ushers in a new era of digital representation and priorities.
As these shifts unfold, the world watches closely to decipher the implications of these digital and ceremonial transformations.