Prince Harry aims for new ‘title’ after cutting ties with UK, royal family

 Prince Harry aims for new ‘title’ after cutting ties with UK, royal family

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Prince Harry’s recent formal declaration of the United States as his country of residence has ignited a flurry of speculation and interpretation among royal experts and commentators. This move was highlighted when Companies House revealed filings that marked America as his new residence, a change dated June 29, 2023. Notably, this update coincided with the day King Charles requested that Harry and his wife, Meghan, vacate Frogmore Cottage, their residence in the UK.

The discussion around this significant change in residency took a more speculative turn when Kinsey Schofield, a commentator speaking to TalkTV, suggested that Prince Harry might be positioning himself as a “Prince of America.” This comment underscores a perceived strategic shift by Harry, aiming to carve out a new role and identity far from his roots in the British Royal Family.

“…it was how defiantly he replied to that statement, he told Good Morning America in February that he considered becoming a US citizen but it wasn’t a top priority,” she explained, according to the Daily Express. “So while it is a change of address on the documentation, the reality is [that] he still wants to title and wants to be considered the Duke of Sussex, the ‘Prince of America’ is the reality of it all.”

As for the significance of the date on the documents, the royal expert noted: “Well I do agree with other commentators that the date is significant. “This is, you know, another Prince Harry hissy-fit because if Prince Harry wanted to be a citizen of the United States, he could certainly go through the proper channels but I don’t think he wants to,” she affirmed. 

This idea was further fueled by Prince Harry’s own statements during a February interview with “Good Morning America,” where he openly discussed the possibility of applying for U.S. citizenship. This admission seemed to confirm the seriousness of his long-term plans to integrate more deeply into American society, where he has been residing since stepping back from his royal duties.

Harry’s decision to declare the U.S. as his new home country is a significant step for the Duke of Sussex, suggesting a definitive move away from his life as a working royal in Britain. This declaration is not just a change of address; it is a symbol of his ongoing transformation and adaptation to a different public and personal life, under vastly different cultural and social conditions than those he was born into.

This move also raises questions about the future role Harry intends to play on the global stage. By aligning himself more closely with the U.S., where his wife, Meghan, originally hails from, Harry seems to be seeking a new foundation from which to engage with the world. His activities since moving to the U.S. have included various forms of charity work and media production, perhaps hinting at the type of influence he hopes to wield.

Moreover, the timing of the residency change—on the very day they were asked to leave Frogmore Cottage—adds a layer of complexity to the narrative. It suggests a symbolic as well as practical shift, marking a clear step away from the physical and institutional ties to the British monarchy.

As Harry continues to navigate his post-royal life, his decisions are watched with keen interest by both supporters and critics. His actions not only reflect his personal choices but also have broader implications for how modern royalty adapts and thrives outside traditional roles. This latest move to officially call America his home might just redefine what it means for him to be a prince in the 21st century, blending his royal heritage with his chosen future in the United States.

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