Royal title row: Meghan Markle CAN’T lose HRH because ‘there is nothing to strip from her’

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Meghan Markle, 39, and Prince Harry, 35, have stepped away from the royal bubble and settled in California with their son Archie Harrison, one. In recent weeks Meghan has expressed her happiness at being back in her homeland and urged her fellow citizens to vote in November US election.

Royal Family members are traditionally banned from speaking about politics and while Meghan has not explicitly aligned herself with a party, her decision to share a platform with high-profile Democrats has prompted fury from some.

There is also growing speculation that the Duchess has her sights set on running for president herself in the 2024 election.

While Meghan’s political ambitions are not confirmed, punters are already placing money on her running in future.

Bookmakers Ladbrokes currently has the Duchess on at 100/1 to win the 2024 election.

Although she is certainly an outsider, the bookmakers revealed there have been more wagers placed on the Duchess than on Donald Trump Jr (33/1), Michelle Obama (33/1) and fellow actor George Clooney (100/1).

Ladbrokes spokeswoman Jessica O’ Reilly said: “Since stepping down as a senior royal Meghan is seemingly voicing her opinions loud and proud, and punters have been quick to back her to enter the White House in 2024.”

While Meghan has arguably not done enough to warrant losing her royal title, for now, a constitutional expert has claimed the process of removing Meghan’s title is “easier said than done.”

Expert Iain MacMarthanne told “Suggestions that the duchess could be stripped of her title is to assume it was given to her. This is not the case.”

Mr MacMarthanne added: “The duchess holds her styles and titles as a courtesy, derived from her husband.

“In effect, there is nothing to strip from her, she is at liberty not to use these titles and could, should she prefer, be known by her pre-marital name.”

Asked if any Royal Family member had previously lost a title due to politics, Mr MacMarthanne said: “While there are no examples of royals losing their titles, styles, and their place in the succession because of a political position they alone have adopted, there is the notable example whereby titles were stripped and disclaimed in 1917 owing to a political situation, the Great War.

“By Royal Warrant issued by George V, German titles held by the British Royal Family were disclaimed, and British titles held by enemy Royals were stripped from them.”


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“By convention, royals are expected to be politically neutral, thus respecting their constitutional positions.

“Like all conventions, there is much flexibility as to what is, and what is not, acceptable territory to become involved in, and the further away any royal is from succeeding to the crown the greater the latitude given.”

What will happen to Meghan’s titles if she runs for President?

According to royal expert Camilla Tominey, Prince Harry and Meghan could face having to cut all their royal ties if Meghan made a presidential bid.

Ms Tominey wrote in the Telegraph: “When the Duke and Duchess left the Royal family in January, the palace said in a statement that the couple had ‘made clear that everything they do will continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty’.

“Impartiality is at the top of the list of those values.

“So if Meghan was to run for US President then I would imagine her husband would have to relinquish all of his Royal ties – the HRH title, the Sussex style, the lot.”

The Sussexes status will be reviewed by the Queen next spring.

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