Meghan Markle and Prince Harry should ‘follow Charles Spencer’s example’ in title usage

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MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry should follow Charles Spencer’s example and not use their full royal titles for private and financial endeavours, Express.co.uk has been told.

Both Meghan and Harry have been busy in recent weeks, announcing a string of projects.

While Harry is working on his memoirs, set to be published in 2022, Meghan is helping to produce her first Netflix original film, an animation called ‘Pearl’.

Meghan’s landmark creation since leaving the Royal Family, her children’s book, ‘The Bench’, attracted widespread outrage when she used her royal title, ‘Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’, on the front cover.

Meghan Markle: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex should 'follow' Charles Spencer's use of his royal title

Meghan Markle: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex should ‘follow’ Charles Spencer’s use of his royal tit (Image: GETTY)

Oprah Winfrey: The pair shocked the world when they sat down with the US talk show host

Oprah Winfrey: The pair shocked the world when they sat down with the US talk show host (Image: GETTY)

It was just months after she and Harry confirmed they would not return as working members of The Firm, giving up the use of their HRH titles.

Marlene Koenig, a veteran royal expert, said that she believed it is time for the pair to step away from using their titles, just like countless other members in and around the Royal Family.

She gave the example of Charles Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer, Princess Diana’s brother, who has written several books but refrained from using his full royal title in promoting them.

Ms Koenig told Express.co.uk: “Uncle Charles Earl Spencer, he’s written books but doesn’t use his title: he uses Charles Spencer.Prince Harry: The pair said farewell to their senior royal duties earlier this year

Prince Harry: The pair said farewell to their senior royal duties earlier this year (Image: GETTY)

“So, I think they should step away from using their titles, they should just use Meghan Sussex, Harry Sussex; there is so much precedent for that, especially in the US.

“There’s nothing stopping you having your title as a royal if you’re abroad but you usually don’t use your titles, but from a professional aspect and the precedence of so many peers and other members of the Royal Family who don’t use their titles.

“I’m not denigrating them at all, I just think it would lessen the tension if they didn’t use the titles, to say, ‘Hey, we’re just gonna use, in the credits, Meghan Sussex, Harry Sussex’, there’s nothing wrong with that.”

Ms Koenig isn’t the only one to have called for the pair to step away from using their titles.

Charles Spencer: The Earl does not use his royal title in his private endeavours

Charles Spencer: The Earl does not use his royal title in his private endeavours (Image: GETTY)

Princess Diana: A young William and Harry with Charles, Prince Philip and Spencer at Diana's funeral

Princess Diana: A young William and Harry with Charles, Prince Philip and Spencer at Diana’s funeral (Image: GETTY)

Earlier this year, the Mail on Sunday reported that there was an increasing sense of “bewilderment and betrayal” inside the Palace after Harry’s appearance on the podcast, ‘Armchair Expert’.

It was here the Duke spoke about having had “genetic pain and suffering” passed down to him by Charles, who in turn had been passed it by the Queen and Prince Philip.

A source told the Mail: “The Duke of Sussex has now spent a significant amount of time emphasising that he’s no different to anyone else and attacking the institution which he says has caused him so much pain.

“There is a growing feeling that if you dislike the institution that much, you shouldn’t have the titles.”

Another added: “They should put the titles into abeyance, so they still exist but are not used like they agreed to do with their HRHs.

“They should just become Harry and Meghan.

“And if they refuse to do that, they have to explain why not.”

Yet, more recent reports suggest the Queen is “unlikely” to strip them of their titles because it would give them “increased attention”.

The Queen: Experts have suggested the Queen would be willing to take their royal titles away

The Queen: Experts have suggested the Queen would be willing to take their royal titles away (Image: GETTY)

He told E News: “It’s unlikely that the Queen will take away their titles, I don’t think she’s vengeful or spiteful but I think there are obviously problems going on within the family like there are in anyone’s family.

“But they’re putting it out there so publicly, they said they wanted a quieter life with less press and media intrusion and then they went and told Oprah everything.

“You do have to ask yourself if actually what they’re after is more and more attention and anything the Royal Family does to combat that is only going to backfire on the Royal Family too and give them that increased attention.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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