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Prince Harry and Meghan: Nearly half of Britons think Sussexes should lose royal titles

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Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan Markle, 39, have faced calls to be stripped of their Duke and Duchess of Sussex titles and HRH (His/Her Royal Highness) styles since stepping down as senior royals last year and a new UK poll has found nearly half of Britons agree.

The Sussexes have been based in Montecito, California since last summer and in recent months a series of controversial public moves, including their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, have led some to question whether or not their new celebrity lifestyle is in keeping with their royal titles.

A new YouGov Poll has found a large number of Britons believe the couple should be stripped of their royal status for good.

The poll, carried out on May 17, 2021 asked 4,567 UK adults if Meghan and Harry should lose their titles and threw up the following results:

More than two fifths (44 percent) of the British public think the Duke and Duchess of Sussex should lose their titles.

While one fifth (20 percent) think they should keep their titles but stop using them and 17 percent think they should neither lose nor stop using their titles.

The survey also indicated that Britons’ views on the Sussexes greatly differed depending on their age.

While 59 per cent of those aged 65 and over thought they should lose their titles just 20 percent of 18 to 24-year-olds thought the same.

Ahead of Megxit, Harry and Meghan came to a deal with the Queen in regards to their royal titles.

It was agreed they would keep their HRH styles and Duke and Duchess status as long as they didn’t use them in conjunction with their work going forward.

However, the couple have seemingly ignored this part of the deal and continued to use their Duke and Duchess titles for work.

Earlier this month it was revealed Meghan has written a children’s book, The Bench, that will be published under the name “Meghan The Duchess of Sussex.”

Harry and Meghan have gained financial independence from the Firm by signing lucrative commercial deals with streaming giants such as Spotify and Netflix.

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On Monday a trailer for Harry’s docuseries about mental health with Oprah Winfrey was shared on social media by Apple TV.

While the Sussexes don’t need their royal status to stay afloat they continue to use their titles in conjunction with commercial ventures – a move that has seemingly ruffled Britons.

But despite a growing appetite for Harry and Meghan to lose their titles, it is highly unlikely to happen, a constitutional expert has claimed.

Academic Iain MacMarthanne who is writing a PHD on the British constitution explained there is no recent precedent for removing royal peerages and HRH styles.

He told Express.co.uk: “There is in some quarters a feeding frenzy at present for the removal of all or some of Prince Harry’s titles.

“However, before entertaining such an idea there are a few first-stage considerations to be embraced.

“Within the context of present circumstances, Prince Harry was born an HRH and prince, and there is no modern precedent for someone born as such being stripped of these styles and titles.”

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