Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ‘unlikely’ to lose titles as royals fear looking ‘petty’

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MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry are “unlikely” to lose their Duke and Duchess of Sussex titles as the Royal Family will fear looking “petty”, according to the CEO of Republic.

Graham Smith told Express.co.uk if the monarchy decided to strip Meghan Markle and Prince Harry of their royal titles without a prompt would look vindictive. Republic is an organisation that campaigns for Queen Elizabeth II to be replaced by an elected, democratic head of state.

Mr Smith said: “I think it is very unlikely that they would move to take away those titles.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stepped down from the Royal Family in March 2020 (Image: GETTY)
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stepped down from the Royal Family in March 2020 (Image: GETTY)

“It depends on how far Meghan and Harry go and whether they do anything which causes significant controversy.

“In which case, they may see it as an opportunity to take those titles off them.

“It may be that there is a build-up of concern about them using those titles to pursue commercial projects, leading to a body of public opinion to get rid of them.

Meghan and Harry's interview with Oprah aired in March 2021 (Image: GETTY)
Meghan and Harry’s interview with Oprah aired in March 2021 (Image: GETTY)

“I think that the public does not care and is not interested in them using those titles to pursue commercial projects.”

He continued: “Being proactive or acting without any prompt to take those titles off them would backfire badly on the royals.

“It would just seem petty and vindictive.”

It comes as Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have sparked chaos with claims made since they parted from the Firm.

In March 2021, Meghan Markle claimed in a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey the Royal Family did not want her child to be a prince or princess.

She said: “They were saying they didn’t want him to be a prince or princess, not knowing what the gender would be, which would be different from protocol.”

During the interview, the Duchess of Sussex referred to a “George V or George VI convention” that would mean her son Archie would become a prince “when Harry’s dad becomes king”.

However, Meghan said she had been informed the Royal Family “want to change the convention for Archie” meaning he would not become a prince.

Despite the claims from Meghan, the children of Harry and Meghan would have to wait until Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, became king, at which point they would be the grandchildren of the monarch and hence entitled to be princes or princesses.

“I saw that Meghan mentioned that there were plans to narrow eligibility and I imagine that this is a reference to the Prince of Wales’s stated view that the size of the royal family needs to be reduced,” said Bob Morris from the Constitution Unit at UCL.

“However, he has not so far as I know given details of how it should be accomplished.”

Following the interview, the Royal Family released a statement.

It read: “The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan. The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.”

Meghan and Harry’s eldest child Archie Harrison is seventh in line to the throne.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced the birth of their second child, Lilibet Diana, earlier this month.

The couple’s daughter will be eighth in line to the throne and has not received a royal title.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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