keeping up with the royals

Call Him by His Name

Harry… Harry… Harry… Photo: Tim Rooke/Shutterstock

Call him by his name, and he’ll call you by yours (probably, if you happen to meet him). Harry. Harry. Harry. Harry? Harry!

At a tourism conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, this week, Meghan Markle’s husband, the man formerly known as “Prince Harry” made a request of the crowd, according to the BBC. As event host Ayesha Hazarika announced ahead of the Duke of Sussex’s speech: “He’s made it clear that we are all just to call him Harry.”

Wow. This seems to be the Prince — sorry — HARRY’s latest step toward becoming a full-blown average person. Since he and Meghan announced back in January that they would be stepping back from their royal duties, they’ve been diving into plebeian life: moving to Canada, driving their own cars, buying their own sandwiches, and removing the word “Royal” from their rumored future global nonprofit. Regular people things.

Anyway, whatever you do, do not call Harry “Prince Harry” anymore. He’s just “Harry” now. “The artist formerly known as Prince,” you could say, if you wanted to make the same joke that Jon Bon Jovi already did. But just “Harry” is probably safest.

But how to remember his new name? The easiest way would be, whenever you’re about to say “Prince Harry,” just don’t say the “Prince” part. If that’s too hard to remember, pretend the “Prince” is silent. Maybe practice casually greeting him in your mirror. “Hi, Harry!” “So good to see you, Harry.” “Welcome, Harry!” “Barry, is it? Larry? Oh, HARRY! Sorry, I can barely hear anything in here.”

You could, of course, just skip all of this because you’ll probably never end up meeting him. But if you do, hopefully someone will let you know beforehand that “he’s made it clear that we are all just to call him Harry.”

Call Him by His Name