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Meghan and Harry picking ‘wokery over duty’ is ‘final nail in the coffin’ for royal titles

Meghan Markle and Harry: Expert discusses couple's 'plans'

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex quickly found financial independence after making the bombshell decision to step down as senior members of the Royal Family last year. They bought a multimillion pound home in the celebrity hotspot of Montecito in California, set up their Archewell Foundation so they could make podcasts with Spotify alongside their reported £112million deal with Netflix to make docuseries. The couple also announced the happy news they are expecting their second child later this year and are expected to share intimate details about the new chapter in their lives when their interview with Oprah is aired on March 7.

But the one-year anniversary of their decision to quit as working royals is looming, with the Queen expected to review Harry’s honorary military titles next month.

Brexiteer and commentator Darren Grimes reacted in fury to the Duke and Duchess’ latest venture in the US, as he warned choosing a celebrity lifestyle over royal duty would not fare well for their titles.

He wrote on Twitter: “Daily Mail reports that Harry and Meghan’s tell-all Oprah appearance is the nail in the coffin for their royal titles. Good.

“If your duty to Whackery and Wokery is more important than your duty to Queen and country, go and live your life as every other D list celebrity in California.”

Meghan and Harry retained their HRH styles after they stepped down, although they do not use them.

But after creating a new life for himself in the US and becoming more distanced from the units, it is expected that the military honours will be passed on to other members of the monarchy.

Harry was previously said to be hoping the 12-month review would clear their air after being devastated to learn he would lose his military titles.

Before he stepped down as a senior royal, Harry held the titles: Captain-General of the Royal Marines, Honorary Air Force Commandant of the Royal Air Force Base Honington, and Honorary Commodore-in-Chief of the Royal Naval Commands’ Small Ships and Diving.

Authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand wrote in Finding Freedom: “Harry’s lifelong commitment to the military was why the Mountbatten Festival of Music three days later was a particularly difficult moment; he was set to wear his Captain-General of the Royal Marines uniform for the very last time.

“During a conversation backstage, on arrival, Harry told Major General Matthew Holmes; ‘I’m devastated that I am having to step down.’ It was so unnecessary’, Meghan later told a friend of the decision to strip Harry of his military honours.”

Mr Grimes previously criticised Meghan and Harry for “exposing the magic of monarchy” by heading down a reality television route.

He called for the pair to have their titles stripped when their 12-month review with the Queen arrives.

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Mr Grimes told Express.co.uk: “With a new fly-on-the-wall Netflix reality telly series and a Spotify podcast series, Harry and Meghan risk turning the Windsors into the Kardashians.

“The potential risk for political activists and movements to be offered a platform by the son of the heir to the throne via this Archewell Audio initiative, similar to a channel created by the Obamas, risks exposing the magic of monarchy that sits above politics to protect the integrity of it.

“Sitting above the political fray explains the Royal Family’s popular support across all four constituent parts of our United Kingdom – they are the unifying force of it.

“The pair ought to be stripped of their royal titles before irreparable harm can be inflicted by them, let them enjoy their deals, platforms, exposure and trinkets in California, but the institution of the British monarchy is much too important to be harmed by reality telly, Spotify and fake honours.”

However, royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams said it is too soon to determine whether Harry and Meghan’s new brand may not affect their titles.

Mr Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk: “Harry and Meghan are certainly less popular in the UK but they are concentrating on the US and the wider world.

“The titles of Duke and Sussex are in the gift of the Queen, they received them on their wedding day.

“There is no call for them to give them up, it would serve no purpose at all and no sign whatever that they wish to do so.

“They still can keep their HRH titles but cannot use them. This is unlikely to change although the Sandringham Agreement will be reviewed by the end of March.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex hinted they may not be keeping their titles after they opted to introduce themselves simply by their first names on several occasions over the past year.

In their Spotify podcast debut last year, they introduced themselves simply as “Harry” and “Meghan”.

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