Royal families are intended to serve as a nation’s picturesque brood, which is why it comes as such a shock when one is stripped of their royal titles.
Other times, laws and regulations have made edits to royal titles and families, meaning some that once held titles of their own no longer do.
Here’s a look at some of recent history’s most significant royals who lost their titles.
Prince Andrew, Duke of York
Andrew is facing a lawsuit alleging that he sexually assaulted Virginia Roberts Giuffre when she was just 17. When a judge refused to dismiss the suit, his mother gave him the ax.
Andrew had already stepped back from his royal duties, but Buckingham Palace announced that as the lawsuit carries on, Andrew has been tripped of his royal and military titles.
One royal source told Fox News Digital that the Duke of York will no longer use “His Royal Highness” or HRH in any official capacity.
Diana, Princess of Wales
Placing a comma between the name and title as such is generally reserved for widows and those divorced from the royal family, much like Diana’s former sister-in-law and Andrew’s ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, who is now known as Sarah, Duchess of York.
In 2018, The Mirror reported that Queen Elizabeth was content with allowing Diana to keep her royal title as she is the mother of the future king, but Charles insisted she be stripped of the title.
Infanta Cristina of Spain
Infanta Cristina of Spain was formerly also known as the Duchess of Palma de Mallorca until she was caught up in a political corruption scandal that has rocked Spain for over a decade.
Initially, the focus was just on her husband, but she was eventually named a suspect herself in 2013 and charged with tax fraud and money laundering and ordered to appear in court. She argued that she was unaware of her husband’s illicit dealings.
Eventually, money laundering charges were dropped, but tax fraud charges were upheld and Cristina was set to stand trial. Eventually, her brother, King Felipe VI, stripped her of her dukedom but allowed her to retain her place in the succession of the throne and her title as Infanta.
In 2017, Cristina was acquitted of the charges, though her husband was sent to prison.
Former Princesses Mako and Ayako of Japan
Japanese law dictates that should a member of the Imperial family marry a commoner, they be stripped of their royal titles, as was the case for this pair of distant relatives.
Perhaps most notable is Mako, the niece of Japan’s current emperor Naruhito and eldest daughter to Fumihito, Crown Prince of Japan and Kiko, Crown Princess of Japan.
In October 2021, Mako married a paralegal named Kei Komuro, thus stripping herself of her royal titles. Having previously been known as Her Imperial Highness Princess Mako, she is now known formally as Mrs. Kei Komuro, or informally as her own name, Mako Korumo.
Proceeding Mako in marrying a commoner was Ayako, formerly known as Her Imperial Highness Princess Ayako of Takamado. Her late father was a cousin to the previous Emperor of Japan, Akihito, who abdicated the throne to his son in 2019 due to his age and declining health.
When she married a commoner by the name of Kei Moriya in 2018, Ayako was stripped of her titles and has henceforth been known as Mrs. Kei Moriya formally.
King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden’s grandchildren
In 2019, Sweden‘s King Carl XVI Gustaf decided to make some sweeping changes to the royal family.
“His Majesty The King has decided on changes to The Royal House. The purpose of these changes is to establish which members of The Royal Family may be expected to perform official duties incumbent on the Head of State or related to the function of the Head of State,” a palace statement at the time.
The palace announced that the children of Carl XVI Gustaf’s own two youngest children – Prince Carl Philip, Duke of V?rmland and Princess Madeleine, Duchess of H?lsingland and G?strikland – would no longer hold royal titles and will no longer be expected to perform royal duties.
The five grandchildren whose titles were stripped have retained their titles as Princes and Princesses, but their spouses will have no claim to such titles.
The children of Carl XVI Gustaf’s eldest child, Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, have retained their HRH titles.