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Meghan Markle could get new title even if she loses Duchess of Sussex

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There is mounting speculation the Royal Family could move to strip Meghan Markle and Prince Harry of their royal titles. This comes amid a backlash against the couple among royal fans following the controversial six-hour Netflix documentary series. However, a royal expert has revealed that even if King Charles moved to strip the couple of their titles, Meghan would still lay claim to one, thanks to a royal loophole. 

Speaking to The Royal Beat, Ingrid Seward, Editor in Chief of Majesty Magazine, cast doubt on claims the couple would lose their titles.

She said: “I don’t think anything will happen to the titles because, if they lose their titles, Harry is still a prince of the blood, and Meghan instead of being the Duchess of Sussex, [would] be Princess Henry.

“That really would [confuse the Americans]. I think [it’s] probably best just to leave it because it looks unkind, it looks unnecessary.

“The Queen gave them the titles, let them keep them – they’re going to be ‘H and M’ anyway.

“I think the best thing is to leave them, ignore them, and let them get on with it – which is really what the Palace and the Royal Family are doing.”

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Ms Seward explained Meghan would be able to use the honorific ‘Princess Henry’ because Henry is Harry’s real name.

The same applies to the Princess of Wales, who was technically Princess William as well as the Duchess of Cambridge when she first joined the Royal Family.

There have been persistent calls to strip the Sussexes of their titles in the past after Harry and Meghan quit the Royal Family and moved to California in early 2020.

The couple were given the Sussex dukedom on their wedding day by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, and retained the honour when they left the Firm.

They have repeatedly used their Sussex titles to promote their projects and speaking appearances while in the US. 

A recent poll of Express.co.uk readers, carried out last week, found widespread support for their titles to be removed.

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In a poll that ran from 1.30pm on Friday, December 9, to 12.30pm on Thursday, December 15, Express.co.uk asked readers: “Should Harry and Meghan be stripped of their titles?”

In total, a whopping 25,142 people responded with the overwhelming result being “yes”, gaining 97 percent (24,255 people) of votes cast.

A further three percent (776 people) said “no” they should not lose their titles, while 111 people said they did not know.

Conservative MP Bob Seely has said he is planning to introduce a private member’s bill to give the Privy Council the power to revoke Harry and Meghan’s royal status.

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He claimed the couple were “monetising” their titles, adding: “As well as trashing his family, he is also attacking some important institutions in this country.”

Despite the speculation, royal insiders told US-based Page Six that Charles is unlikely to retaliate publicly against the couple and strip them of their titles regardless of what is included in Harry’s forthcoming memoir, Spare.

A source said: “Stripping their title is not something the King would likely ever consider, mostly because it would be too petty and punitive.

“It would only lead to the Sussexes claiming that it was a retaliatory action and proof they were never wanted in the Royal Family.”

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