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Meghan Markle called out for constant use of royal title: ‘Don’t want to let go!’

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Meghan and Prince Harry have been keeping members of the Royal Family updated on their new child, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, it has been suggested. The youngster was born earlier this month and shares a name with the Queen’s childhood nickname, ‘Lilibet’. The affectionate name was used by Her Majesty’s closest family members, and it is something Prince Philip later adopted.

Meghan and Harry shared a snap of Lilibet via a WhatsApp group where extended members of The Firm stay in touch, according to ET.

This was after friends of the couple suggested they had introduced her to the Queen via a video call, a claim the Palace quickly denied.

Despite having left the Royal Family over a year ago, Meghan and Harry remain a fixture of public life.

In February, they announced they would not be returning to royal duties, with Harry being forced to give up his honorary military titles.

They were permitted to keep their titles given to them by the Queen – the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – but drop the use of HRH, and Harry would maintain his ‘Prince’ title as he was born into it.

Many have since argued that the pair have used their royal titles and status to secure lucrative job offers and contracts.

Maureen Callahan, writing in the New York Post, condemned the pair for continuing to talk about how bad royal life was while simultaneously reaping its rewards.

She wrote: “And for two people who can’t shut up about how much they hate royal life, how it nearly drove a pregnant Meghan to kill herself, how ‘trapped’ Harry felt by it all ’til Meghan came along — well, they sure don’t want to let go of those titles or connections or any halo effect being royal might grant them in the Hollywood/Silicon Valley circles to which they aspire.

“Not that they’re taking calls at the moment.

“Capping off this latest absurdity, Harry and Meghan — famous for being famous now, otherwise underemployed — have announced they are taking ‘several months’ of parental leave.

“Joining, perhaps, with that other leave — of their senses.”

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Despite the pushback, many have praised Meghan and Harry for paving the way with a progressive maternity leave programme.

They will take 20 weeks of paid leave in line with what they offer their Archewell employees.

Speaking on Good Morning America earlier this month, royal author Omid Scobie said: “We’re so used to seeing royal men heading back to work the next day, sometimes the same day, we’ve seen senior royals on engagements almost the same time as the birth.

“But Harry and Meghan are leading by example with their Archewell foundation. They offer up to 20 weeks parental leave for mother and father.

“They’re doing the exact same, so it’ll be several months off work for the pair of them.”

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Many were surprised to find out that Meghan had used her royal title on the front cover of her new children’s book, ‘The Bench’.

She used the pen name: “Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex.”

Angela Levin, a royal commentator, described it as “ridiculous”.

She told The Sun Online: “The fact that she wants to cling on to her royal title and the book is written by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, is laughable.

“Because they wanted to get away from the Royal Family, they hated the Royal Family – they felt trapped.

“They didn’t like it, they wanted freedom and they’ve got freedom.

“You can’t have everything you want like that.”

The author went on to claim that most people with a royal title do not use it when signing off a book.

She added: “You don’t use your royal position to make commercial gain.

“Not many people sign a book with their titles, it’s just ridiculous.

“They write their name and people should know who they are – they don’t add ‘Duchess of this and that’ after it.”

Harry has also pursued his own private endeavours in the US technology hub of Silicon Valley.

Earlier this year, he was given the role of “Chief Impact Officer” at BetterUp, a mental health professional coaching, counselling, and mentorship company.

The Aspen Institute, a non-profit organisation, appointed him to its new Commission on Information Disorder, helping to combat what he described as an “avalanche of misinformation”.

The pair have gone on to gain handsome deals with the streaming giants Netflix (£109million) and Spotify (£39million) to create original content, like their Archewell Audio podcast and a behind the scenes documentary about the Invictus Games.

Harry has also worked with US talk show host Oprah Winfrey to create a new series for Apple TV+, ‘The Me You Can’t See’.

Alongside Ms Winfrey, he will “guide discussions” with celebrities about mental health and emotional wellbeing, while opening up about their own traumas.

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