Prince Harry clings to royal titles as experts spot contrast with cousins – ‘Cashing in!’

Prince Harry 'won't get a reference from monarchy' says expert

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Earlier this week, it was announced Prince Harry joined BetterUp, a San Francisco-based mental health and coaching firm. The Duke of Sussex has become the company’s first Chief Impact Officer, a role which will see him work own product strategy and public advocacy as well as provide his input on charitable contributions.

This new role makes Prince Harry the third among the Queen’s grandchildren bearing a title to join the private sector.

Princess Eugenie, who became a mother last month, is one of the directors at the art gallery Hauser & Wirth.

His elder sister, Princess Beatrice, is vice president of partnerships and strategy at multinational data and software company Afiniti.

However, one royal commentator noted, Prince Harry is the only one among these royal cousins displaying his title on his personal profile on the company’s website. 

Canadian royal expert Patricia Treble wrote on Twitter: “Three of the Queen’s grandchildren work in the private sector while also having Prince/Princess titles.

“How Beatrice and Eugenie are named on their company websites is noticeably different to how BetterUp introduces Harry.”

The tweet also included screen grabs from the websites of the firms employing Harry, Eugenie and Beatrice.

While on BetterUp Harry is described as “Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex”, his cousins are simply named “Eugenie York” and “Beatrice York”. 

Many royal watchers praised Eugenie and Beatrice for not using their titles in a non-royal setting.

One wrote: “Interesting. Harry if he wants to work in the private sector in my humble opinion should be named Harry Wales for example… using titles says a lot of the intentions from the company who are using him and himself too to get relevance.”

Another, replying to the royal expert, accused Harry of using his title for profit.

They said: “Thank you for this Patricia: it just highlights how wrong it is that Harry is cashing in on his title. 

“I understand that the Queen doesn’t want to revoke their titles, but they shouldn’t be able to use them commercially.”

Another said: “Eugenie and Beatrice are great role models.

“This is exactly how Meghan and Harry could have lived their life, if they really would have wanted an own career and a more private life.

“It is possible. They chose differently, yet complaining.”   

Another added: “Yup. Said this a million times. Beatrice and Eugenie have normal 9-5 jobs where they’re not being used for PR and they’re not using their titles.”

Princess Beatrice styled her name as Beatrice York both on her personal page on the Afiniti website and on LinkedIn.

Her sister is named Eugenie York on her profile page as well as on her contact page.

However, some royal watchers noted, she is introduced as HRH Princess Eugenie of York in an interview to artist Roni Horn published on Hauser & Wirth’s website. 

As agreed by the royals while flashing out the terms of Meghan and Harry’s exit as senior members of the Firm, they are retaining their full titles but can no longer use their HRH styles.

Over the past 12 months, they have styled themselves as Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, and Harry, The Duchess of Sussex, while appearing on virtual engagements, interviews or events such as the Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit.

This choice attracted the criticism of many royal watchers, who claimed the Sussexes are exploiting their royal connections for financial gain.

Last November, royal commentator Marlene Koenig advised the pair to follow the lead of other royals who have worked in the private sector and drop the use of their titles when carrying out work not linked to the Firm.

This, she argued, would spare them from people claiming Meghan and Garry are exploiting their royal links.

She told “I have written that I think it would be smart for them to use just Sussex.

“For the simple reason, in business, it’s Eugenie York and Beatrice York.

“When Prince Edward was running Ardent, he was Edward Windsor.”   

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