Call me Harry: Prince eschews royal label in Scotland speech

In this Tuesday Jan. 7, 2020 file photo Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave after visiting Canada House in London after their recent stay in Canada. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, FILE)

LONDON (AP) — From now on, just call him Harry.

The British prince, who is stepping back from royal duties, would normally be referred to as "sir" or "his royal highness."

But as he was introduced to speak at a sustainable tourism event on Wednesday, the Duke of Sussex let it be known he didn't require such formality.

"He's made it clear that we are all just to call him Harry," the conference host told the gathering in Scotland.

The request reflected the seismic shift underway in the British monarchy.

He and his wife, Meghan, plan to walk away from most royal duties starting March 31, give up public funding and try to become financially independent.

They have abandoned plans to use the "SussexRoyal" brand.

Their office said Friday the couple will no longer seek to trademark the term SussexRoyal because of U.K. rules governing use of the word "royal."

The non-profit organization they plan to launch later this year also will not use the name.

Prior to their decision to step back from the titles and responsibilities of royal life, Harry and Meghan had sought to trademark SussexRoyal to protect it from those who would exploit the brand.

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