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The British royal family’s website is changing. Here’s why.

The updates come ahead of Prince Harry's return to the UK.

Almost a year after Queen Elizabeth II’s death, the British royal family’s website has received some updates.

The most recent change sees the addition of a “Royal Websites” menu which links to The Royal Collection Trust, The Prince’s Trust (King Charles’ charity for at-risk youth), The Royal Foundation (The Prince and Princess of Wales’ charity) and The Duke of Edinburgh Awards (Prince Philip’s youth awards program, now headed by Prince Edward).

References to Charles as the Prince of Wales have also been removed; his son Prince William now holds this title.

The website has naturally been updated since the king’s accession to the throne but it is still due further changes; for example, an explainer on the correct protocol for greeting a royal still refers to Queen Elizabeth as sovereign.

As we all know, website updates can be time consuming!

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attends a Service of Thanksgiving to mark the 70th Anniversary of VE Day at Westminster Abbey on May 10, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
King Charles ascended to the throne following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.

Buckingham Palace explained the delays in a statement, telling Express, “The Royal Family website contains over five thousand pages of information about the life and work of the Royal Family. Following the death of Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, content has been revisited and updated periodically. Some content may be out of date until this process is complete.”

The latest website updates come two weeks after the title of “His Royal Highness” title was removed from Prince Harry’s bio. It has been reported that two mentions of the title were erased from the site in early August, both relating to his work to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS in 2016.

The HRH moniker has now been replaced with “the Duke of Sussex”. Prince Harry received his dukedom from his grandmother, the late Queen, upon his wedding to Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, in 2018.

CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18:  Prince Harry and Meghan Markle watch a performance by a Welsh choir in the banqueting hall during a visit to Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ben Birchall - WPA Pool / Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be returning to the UK next month.

Now residing in Montecito California after stepping back from his senior royal duties, Prince Harry is set to make a return to his homeland next month on September 7th, just a day before the anniversary of his grandmother’s death.

According to The Telegraph, the duke will be delivering a speech at the WellChild Awards in London.

From there, Harry is heading to Dusseldorf for the Invictus Games, with reports that he will then meet up with Meghan. However, it is unlikely the couple will reunite with their family during their trip.

“He is not expected to see the King, who will be at Balmoral, or his brother Prince William, with whom he has not been in contact for many months,” The Telegraph said.

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