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Jon Bon Jovi has come up with a nickname for Prince Harry ahead of the Duke of Sussex’s departure from his royal title.
The Duke of Sussex may have requested he be referred to as simply ‘Harry’ during his latest royal appearance, but Jon Bon Jovi has another idea.
The musician will meet with Prince Harry later this week for a special recording with members of the Invictus Games Choir, in aid of the Invictus Games Foundation.
Along with the rest of the world, Bon Jovi is all too aware of Harry’s impending departure from his royal role, and has decided to bestow upon him an appropriate new nickname.
“I’ve been asking, ‘What do I do? How do I address him?'” he explained on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Sky on Wednesday.
* Prince Harry has returned to the UK for his final string of engagements as a senior royal
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“And then I realised I’m gonna call him ‘The Artist Formerly Known as Prince.'”
(For the uninitiated, that was the name used in reference to late music icon Prince when he adopted a ‘love symbol’ as his stage name in 1993, returning to his original moniker in 2000.)
Bon Jovi is clearly chuffed with the joke, as he also dropped it into an interview with BBC Radio 2. Well, when you’re onto a good thing…
Witty as it may be, the nickname isn’t entirely necessary, as Harry’s transition out of his senior royal family role on March 31 won’t have a huge impact on his title.
As clarified by Harry and wife Meghan Markle in a comprehensive update on their website Sussex Royal, the main change relates to the use of their Royal Highness prefixes.
As agreed and set out in January, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will retain their ‘HRH’ prefix, thereby formally remaining known as His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex and Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex,” the website explains.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will no longer actively use their HRH titles as they will no longer be working members of the family as of Spring 2020.”
However, it seems Harry isn’t completely wed to his royal title.
On Wednesday, the Duke spoke at a sustainable travel conference in Scotland, and asked the event organisers to call him by his first name — not prince, not sir, not His Royal Highness.
The 35-year-old, who has returned to the UK for his final official engagements before the Sussexes’ new working model commences, said the formality was not necessary.
“He’s made it clear that we are all just to call him Harry,” conference host Ayesha Hazarika told guests ahead of the royal’s speech.
“So ladies and gentlemen, please give a big, warm Scottish welcome to Harry.”
This article was first published on 9 Honey and is republished with permission