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The Sussexes are thought to have returned home the day after the queen’s funeral, their new status in the general hierarchy having been made abundantly clear

The Sussexes are thought to have returned home the day after the queen’s funeral, their new status in the general hierarchy having been made abundantly clear

The Sussexes are thought to have returned home the day after the queen’s funeral, their new status in the general hierarchy having been made abundantly clear

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been “demoted” on the British royal family’s website to bottom billing – alongside the disgraced Duke of York.

Until recently, the couple sat in mid-table, admittedly below senior members of the family, but ahead of minor royals such as the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.

When the webpage was updated to reflect the order of succession after Queen Elizabeth’s death, the Sussexes and Prince Andrew were at the bottom of the page.

The rearrangement might reflect the king’s vision of a slimmed-down monarchy, elevating the status of those who support him in his duties, but the changes are likely to be received in California with a weary sigh.

The Sussexes are thought to have returned home the day after the queen’s funeral, their new status in the general hierarchy having been made abundantly clear.

Barely on speaking terms with several of their closest relatives, the lack of communication between them and the palace could be blamed for various dramas, from withdrawn invitations to military uniforms, not to mention differing versions of exactly when Prince Harry learnt of his grandmother’s death.

To make matters worse, Harry and Meghan are still waiting to find out if their children, Archie, three and Lilibet, one, will be allowed to use their new titles of Prince and Princess.

As grandchildren of the late sovereign, they automatically became a prince and princess upon her death and are entitled to be styled His Royal Highness and Her Royal Highness.

Yet although the new titles of the Prince and Princess of Wales have been updated on the royal website, Archie and Lilibet’s have not.

Sources have suggested that this could be a sign that they will not be allowed to use their titles as no such information has been publicly acknowledged on the website.

Asked about the discrepancy, a spokesman for the king said: “Updating love on a website doesn’t quite work. We will be working through updating the website as and when we get information.”

Meanwhile, it has emerged that the Duchess’s podcast, Archetypes, will return to Spotify next Tuesday following a four-week break due to the death of the Queen.

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