Meghan and Harry: ‘Unlikely’ titles will be stripped says insider
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Readers voted in our online poll on whether the Duke of Sussex – who has quit royal duties and moved to America with Meghan Markle – should volunteer to relinquish his royal titles in light of the petition. A staggering 98 percent of respondents (9,051 people) said yes, while just two percent (143) disagreed. Some 23 voters did not know.
Commenting on this website, one reader insisted: “Yes absolutely.”
Another wrote: “They want to be Commoners. Make them Commoners.”
A third said: “Of course he should and so should she, but they won’t because you can’t trade on a name and rank if you no longer have them!”
Another fumed: “He shouldn’t be given the choice, just remove the titles.”
One more added: “Better to publicly strip him of titles.”
Our poll comes as a petition by royal author Lady Colin Campbell calling for Harry to put his titles into abeyance has received more than 50,000 signatures since it was launched two weeks ago.
Lady C insisted the move would free the Queen’s grandson from the “diplomatic, political and constitutional constraints that are an inevitable part of royal rank”.
The petition says: “The purpose is to invite Prince Harry to voluntarily ask the Queen to put his royal style, titles and rank into abeyance, thereby freeing him from the diplomatic, political and constitutional constraints that are an inevitable part of royal rank, and further freeing him from the constitutional conflicts which his beliefs are creating, with all their implications at home and abroad, in particular in the United Kingdom and the United States of America, where his articulated beliefs are in open conflict with the accepted tenets of both the United Kingdom and American constitutions.
“As a purely private citizen, with no royal rank, style or title, he will be able to indulge his personal beliefs, as is the right of all private citizens, without the consequential possibility of damaging the institution of the monarchy or relations between friendly powers, and will be free to articulate beliefs, no matter how objectionable, without the fallout that is otherwise inevitable as long as he possesses royal status.
“His invitation to the Sovereign, being of his own accord, will resolve conflicts that would otherwise be inevitable, and will permit him to enjoy the credit of having put both national and international interests above his own, personal ones, in the process gaining him respect that he otherwise will not enjoy.”
Lady C also told the Daily Star: “I started it because I think it’s the right thing to do.
“I have spoken to people, many people, who think it’s the right thing to do and it is the solution.
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“It is a dignified solution for all concerned. To humiliate no one and protect everyone. I think it’s a humane way of solving a very regrettable situation.”
Harry and Meghan agreed to stop using their HRH styles when they quit as working royals in March 2020.
But the couple – who have set up home in an £11million mansion in California – continue to use their Duke and Duchess of Sussex titles.
The pair have sparked calls to be stripped of their titles after lashing out at the royals in a series of interviews in the wake of Megxit.
Harry and Meghan made a series of astonishing claims about the monarchy during their controversial Oprah Winfrey interview, which aired in March.
The Duke went on to hit out at his family again during an appearance on the Armchair Expert podcast last month.
And he attacked the royals once more in his Apple TV documentary series on mental health, The Me You Can’t See, which he teamed up with Winfrey to make.
Express.co.uk polled 9,217 people on this website from 3.28pm on May 31 to 3.20pm on June 3.
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